Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - DMC marks 15th anniversary with students’ films



DMC marks 15th anniversary with students’ films

A scene from The Hoarding Man. Photo supplied
A scene from The Hoarding Man. Photo supplied

DMC marks 15th anniversary with students’ films

The Royal University of Phnom Penh celebrated the 15th anniversary of its Department of Media and Communications (DMC) this week with the premiere of eight documentaries by its journalism students.

The students were asked to produce films focused on social and political issues in Cambodia that receive scant attention. Topics included the daily lives of Khmer Rouge survivors, cultural heritage, technology and education.

Sar Pisey, 21, worked with two other students on The Lost Buffalo, which focuses on indigenous education in Ratanakkiri province. Many young students hope to continue their studies in Phnom Penh, she says. But for the film, they spoke with everyone in the community.

“We went to the indigenous community, and we talked to the old generation to get their perspective on the issue of education,” Pisey explains.

Another film, The Hoarding Man, profiles the artist Moeun Chhay, who painted movie posters in the ’60s and ’70s.

This is the second year the DMC has given its students the opportunity to produce their own films. The project was supported by German development agency GIZ and by ZFD, the Civil Peace Service.

The documentaries will be screened in theatres, in communities, on television and via social media. Though each one is only 10 minutes long, Pisey says she hopes that the films will help to find solutions to the questions they pose.

“We want our documentaries to encourage people to look at each issue, and contribute to a better solution,” she says.

“We hope to see the related ministries … help to promote [the films], improve the problems and put forth better solutions.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement

  • Cambodia detects new Covid cases after 52 days: PM

    After 52 days of zero new Covid-19 cases, Cambodia has now detected new infections, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen. In his special audio address to the nation late on June 28, Hun Sen said the new cases were detected on people who had undergone PCR tests

  • Gold-covered boundary stone found within Angkor Thom’s West Gate

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) announced that their working group in charge of restoration work at Angkor Thom's Takav Gate or the West Gate recently found an ancient stone slab commonly known as a boundary stone. The boundary stone is 53 cm by 53 cm and 12 cm

  • Higher education leaders tour US

    With support from the US Department of State, 10 Cambodian leaders in higher education participated in the 10-day International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) in three US states from June 19 to July 1. They included nine university rectors and directors of higher education institutions who are members of