Archive for December, 2006

Fw: Upcoming events

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Microsoft Office
Dear Friends,

I would like to share with you a few upcoming events:

AsiaLIFE Phnom Penhh – the city’s first real English-language lifestyle
magazine – launches at the Pontoon Lounge on Dec. 16 at 8.30pm.
Please come. FREE Tiger beer and Pacharan Sangria.

–Mark Jackson, Managing Editor – AsiaLIFE Phnom Penh

Friday, 22nd December
At SALA ART / Soup Kitchen
339 E2 Sisowath Quay (above Mekong Web)

Art Poker Performance
Featuring Cambodian and international artists
From 6pm
Soup Kitchen serving full menu and bar

Christmas treats and events at Java Café & Gallery
56 E1 Sihanouk Blvd T:023-987-420 or 012-833-512

If you have received this email by mistake or would prefer not to receive
anymore in the future regarding promotions and events, please reply back
Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Exhibitions at Hotel de la Paix

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

1) “One step on a mine, it’s all over…”, By Taizo Ichinose (1947-1973)
The first international exhibition of Japanese war photographer held abroad
and in Cambodia, with images of Cambodia and Vietnam during the early

In November 1973, Taizo Ichinose was captured and killed by Khmer Rouge
soldiers, not far from the Angkorian temples. His most precious dream had
been to reach Angkor Wat and immortalize it in photography.
At the age of just twenty-four, Taizo left Japan for the first time as
a freelance photojournalist, heading for the war-torn regions of South-east
Asia. During his first visit to Cambodia in early 1972, he was blacklisted
as a photojournalist by the government and forced to leave the country.
He moved on to cover conflicts in Vietnam, only to return to Siem Reap
the following year, under the guise of a boxing teacher, to continue his
journey to Angkor, recording the uprising of the Khmer Rouge against the
government forces under Lon Nol coup.
The photographs and memoirs he left behind depict not only soldiers in
battle, but also the daily life of people and children in villages and towns
that continued despite the war. Now on the thirty-third anniversary of his
death, these rare historical archives of both Cambodia and Vietnam are
exhibited for the first time outside of Japan, initiating the international
acclaim that Taizo deserved.

2) “Legs”, by Claude Estebe
” And what makes him wonder, and which makes us wonder with him, is how
much these legs can express: a culture, a society, an ancestral tradition
marching against modern times. Claude Estèbe is an archeologist of
contemporary life”.
Some humorous, fresh and colourful series of pictures on Japanese women
legs…No more words, come and discover…

*** For more information :
Christine Cibert, Art Curator :,
Bronwyn Burns :,

Phare Winter Tour

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Tournee d'hiver Phare Ponleu Selpak Winter Tour

!! En français ci-dessous !!


Dear partners, Dear friends,
We are happy to invite you at the presentation of our new show on
Thursday, December 14th, 2006 at 8pm under the tent of Phare Ponleu
Selpak (PPS) in Battambang.

Two versions of our new show “Eclipse” will be introduced. The first one
stages 20 artists of theatre, circus and music. The second stages 8 artists
of these 3 disciplines.

Eclipse deals in a human and artistic manner with the AIDS and with
discrimination. It is the fruit of a rich collaboration between
Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA) and PPS. Eclipse will
start to turn in Cambodia in January, 2007.

Thank you,

Yours Sincerely,

Mao Kosal and all team of Phare Ponleu Selpak


Chers partenaires, chers amis,

Nous sommes heureux de vous inviter à la présentation de notre nouvelle
création, “Eclipse”, le jeudi 14 décembre 2006 à 20h00 sous le
chapiteau de Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) à Battambang.

Deux versions du spectacle “Eclipse” seront présentées. La première met
en scène 20 artistes du théâtre, du cirque et de la musique. La
deuxième met en scène 8 artistes de ces 3 disciplines.

Eclipse traite de façon humaine et artistique du SIDA et de la
discrimination. Il est le fruit d’une riche coopération entre
Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA) et PPS.

Eclipse tournera au Cambodge à partir de janvier 2007.

En vous remerciant,

Bien cordialement,

Mao Kosal et toute l’equipe de Phare Ponleu Selpak

The Circus School
Phare Ponleu Selpak
+855 (0)53 95 24 24

Tournee d'hiver Phare Ponleu Selpak Winter Tour


Film screening at FCC on Dec 13 Phnom Penh

Sunday, December 10th, 2006
You are cordially invited to attend the first screening of a new film, “Chang Kheun Pit” (Wanting to See the Truth ), produced by the Open Society Justice Initiative in collaboration with award-winning filmmakers Rob Fruchtman and Lex Fletcher, and the Khmer Institute for Democracy.

The screening will take place on Wednesday December 13, at 6:30 PM at the Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) . The film lasts 31 minutes — for those who wish to remain, the screening will be followed by a short question and answer session about the film and outreach strategies for the Extraordinary Chambers.
This will be a casual event open to any who wish to attend. However, a seat can be reserved for you if you RSVP to Tara Urs:, (hand phone) 012-408-623.
The film is intended for a Cambodian audience as an outreach tool. The film will only be shown publicly with English subtitles once, at this event. There will be two more showings in Phnom Penh, in Khmer language only, with official opening ceremonies on December 16 and 17 ( 3:30PM) at the Chenla Theater at the Phnom Penh Cultural Center . All are welcome to attend those screenings as well. Seating will be on a first come first serve basis.The film was developed out of research conducted by the Justice Initiative which found that young Cambodians have difficulty believing their parent’s stories about the Democratic Kampuchea regime. Young people commonly report that they cannot believe because they haven’t seen the events “with their own eyes.” The purpose of the film was to encourage young people to take these stories seriously by showing some of the available “evidence,” and introducing them to the Extraordinary Chambers as a source for more information in the future.

The director of the film, Rob Fruchtman, is the winner of a Sundance Film Festival award for his direction of the documentary film “Sister Helen.” The cinematographer, Lex Fletcher, is the winner of several Emmy Awards, including an Emmy for an earlier film about Angkor Wat. The producer of the film, Tara Urs, will be on hand to answer questions at the FCC. She has been working on legal issues related to the Extraordinary Chambers since 2003, and has worked on developing outreach strategies related to the Court since June 2005.

Tara Urs
Open Society Justice Initiative
Resident Fellow
The Khmer Institute for Democracy

Popil Propaganda

Sunday, December 10th, 2006
Fw: Popil PhotoGallery Propaganda

Hey There!
First of all I would like to welcome those of you who gave me email recently
and now receive Popil news for the first time. It won’t be the last! At
least for a while.

Please let me give you some info about the trip my students and I have made
to Siem Reap recently during the Angkor Photo Festival.
Among the 18 students I have at the gallery, 11 could join and go with me to
Siem Reap from November 24th to 27th, four days, plus three nights in an
ordinary Cambodian guesthouse. Mornings they would usually visit temples as
some of them had never been to Angkor. Afternoons we would spend time
visiting places where Angkor Photo Festival presented exhibitions. Evenings
there would be some more things to see, outside slides shows and also
opening parties to attend in many different places.
On my very own point of view, as a photo teacher, I believe that this trip
to SR was beneficial to the students as it could enrich their culture of
image and photography, show them some strong documentary or art works, give
them an idea about the diversity of work you can see in the field of

I would like to thank people who have supported PhotoClass until now and
made that trip to Siem Reap possible, so special thanks to Jim Mizerski,
Lyno Vuth, David Hall, Sarah Oliveira, Jane Martin, Cheryl Turner and Sandy
Chum for helping the Class. Your supports – plus the monthly participation
of the students – made this all possible.
A very special thank to Nelly from “Bons Voyages” Travel Agency in Phnom
Penh who offered us all the bus tickets to go and come back, that was a
great help!
A special thank to John Mac Dermot Photo Gallery where students have spent
nearly two hours watching, drawing and talking about Peter Steinhauer’s
great photo work on Vietnam.
A final special thank to all staff at Angkor Photo Festival for welcoming
our group and most of all for organizing this Photo Festival in Siem Reap

Attached file, you can get a mosaic with a few pixs from this trip in Siem

PhotoClass is now going on, students are on their way to practicing and work
on their personal project. Works will be shown at French Cultural Center in
July 2007. I will let you know about it these next months.

Vandy Rattana’s “Looking in my Office” photo show can be seen at Popil until
the end of January, don’t miss it. Pop in gallery at lunch time and be
welcome to have a snack on the first floor as Popil Snack is now operating.
Ooooh, that was a long email!

With my Best PhotoGraphic Regards,
Stéphane JANIN

Stephane Janin
Photographer and Director of the Popil PhotoGallery.

Popil PhotoGallery
#126, street 19
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

(855) – 12 992 750