Archive for March, 2008

German Cinema at Meta-House

Monday, March 31st, 2008
Dear Friends and Art Lovers,
This week we are launching a new film series –
* German cinema in English language (on Wednesdays) and
* German cinema in German language (on Thursdays).

The new German cinema nights are opening with the Oscar-winning
LIVES OF OTHERS (Engl./Wed.) and the highly acclaimed feature ALASKA.DE (Germ./Thursd). Please,, be our guest and enjoy the art of filmmaking.
Below you will find also our complete event programme for the coming week.

TUE, 01/04, 7 PM Artists Special: UTOPIA & WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT –
Young filmmaker Kautsar Anggakara (Indonesia) presents his work @ Meta
WED, 02/04, 7 PM German Cinema: THE LIVES OF OTHERS (engl.)
THU, 03/04, 7 PM German Cinema: ALASKA.DE (only german!!!!)
FRI, 04/04, 7 PM Phnom Penh Docfest: THE OTHER FINAL
SAT, 05/04, 7 PM Focus Cambodia: THREE DOC FILMS by N. Mesterharm
“Concrete Visions” (2007), “Sold Out” (2006), “Life’s a Beach” (2005)
SUN, 06/04, 7 PM Set In Asia: EMPIRE OF THE SUN

On-going ART EXHIBITION
UNDERLYING
March 21 – April 08

‘Underlying’ is the first traveling exhibition co-curated by four curators from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam. Their aim is to explicit the contextual interpretations and expressions of people living in this region through art practices, and to encourage an understanding among audiences of various nationalities. The curators from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam have interpreted the main theme, ‘Underlying’, based on contexts developed in their own locations, and present their results through the curatorial practice.

GALLERY OPENS FROM 6PM TUESDAYS TILL SUNDAYS,
SPECIAL APPOINTMENTS BY PHONE: 012 607 465

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TUE, 01/04, 7 PM
ARTIST SPECIAL: UTOPIA & WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT
Films by Kautsar Anggakara (Indonesia)
Short visits to the mind of teenagers turned into corporate slaves, each portraying also youth perception of values, conformism, peer pressure and consumerism – directed by filmaker/video artist Kautsar Anggakara, who will be present at the screening. (In English, 2004)

WED, 02/04, 7 PM
GERMAN CINEMA: THE LIVES OF OTHERS
This thriller/drama involves the monitoring of the cultural scene of East Berlin in Mid 1980s till the reunification in 1989 by agents of the Stasi, the GDR’s secret police. By Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.
(In English, 2006, 137 min)

THU, 03/04, 7 PM
GERMAN CINEMA: ALASKA.DE
In ihrem Spielfilm-Regiedebüt schildert die Kurzfilm-Regisseurin Esther Gronenborn das Erwachsenwerden Jugendlicher in einer Satellitenstadt. Gefühlskälte, Geltungsdrang und Bandenkriege sind an der Tagesordnung. In diese Welt wird die 16-jährige Sabine gestoßen. Im Mikrokosmos der Plattenbausiedlung erlebt Sabine Gewalt unter gleichaltrigen Jugendlichen.
(In German/ Deutsch, 2000, 89 min)

FRI, 04/04, 7 PM
PHNOM PENH DOCFEST: THE OTHER FINAL
…is a documentary film, directed by Johan Kramer, about a football match between Bhutan and Montserrat, the then-lowest ranked teams in the FIFA World Rankings. The game was played in the Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu, Bhutan. (In English, 2003, 78 min)

SAT, 05/04, 7 PM
FOCUS CAMBODIA: “Concrete Visions” (2007), “Sold Out” (2006),
“Life’s a Beach” (2005): Various Docs by Nico Mesterharm on the works of the Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann and the recent construction boom, on human trafficking and on the touristic and economic development of the beach town Sihanuokville – seen through the etes of a 16-year old fruitseller.

SUN, 06/04, 7 PM
SET IN ASIA: EMPIRE OF THE SUN
Based on J.G. Ballard’s autobiographical novel, this near-epic film tells the story of an English boy living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade in 1941. Separated from his parents, he survives in Soo Chow detention camp for British citizens, which is located next to an airfield. The boy develops a fascination and admiration for both the American and the Japanese pilots. By Steven Spielberg (In English, 1987, 154 min)

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CAMBODIAN JUNGLE METAL NEWSLETTER 03-2008: BnD at "Zombie’s Funeral" 11.04.

Monday, March 31st, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008 9:07 PM

This randomly published newsletter is targeted to all alternative rock music lovers and the fans, friends and supporters of the Bum N’ drazE band (except for illiterate groupies). The editor welcomes all news, events, reviews and other stuff related to the slowly but surely emerging rock scene of Cambodia and South-East Asia in general. Please do not hesitate to contact bumndraze@hotmail.com for bookings, merchandise, CDs, DVDs and other shit or just for sending fan or hate mail to your favourite underground rock band!

BUM N’ DRAZE: “BATES MOTEL REVISITED” 2008 TOÜR DATES:

- “Zombie’s Funeral” on Friday 11 April 2008 at Zombie Birdhouse, St. 278, Phnom Penh. Band live at 8.30 PM. Last Friday night of Zombie before its closing for good. Don’t miss this historic live gig #49 of the band! Free entry. Gig poster attached.

- Stay tuned for the next 2008 tour dates in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Siem Reap and possibly also other provinces in Cambodia.

NEW BnD LINE-UP:

- The second bass player, Gildas “G-String” Maronneaud joined the band in the end of February 2008 and brings more balls to the already dick-thick wall of sound of Bum N’ drazE. His “maiden voyage”, the first live gig with the band was on 29 February at the Colonial Bar in Phnom Penh and he is now a permanent BnD member.

- Note that the BnD Horn(y) Section may join the band occasionally, but is not a permanent feature of the 2008 tour.

LATEST THIS BASTARD’S NOISE (TBN) LABEL’S CD RELEASES:

- Bum N’ drazE: “Unfunkable”. 2008 single. The new original BnD hit featuring the special guest star Jermu Koivukoski on trumpet. Price: USD 2,-.

- Bum N’ drazE: “Slap and Burn – Undead in Vomitville”. Live album. Semi-official live bootleg, recorded in the jungle at Norden House Yaklom, Rattanakiri on 8 December 2007. The historic first gig of Pasi “Pornosonic” on the bass and Paul Gager on the horn. A real limited edition collector’s item with PG (Parental Guidance) sticker. Feel and hear the fire, smoke and noise of the pyrotechnics and explosives and smell the Absinthe and other intoxicants through the music! Price: USD 10,-.

- Bum N’ drazE: “No Sleep ’til Hammerfest (Live at Budokan)”. Live album. Arguably one of the band’s musically finest live gigs (03.03.2007 at Peace Pub, Phnom Penh) of all time captured on this CD, including also the arrival by ambulance in straitjackets and aftermath of the gig. Setlist virtually the best of Bum N’ drazE 2003-2007, including numbers from all 5 previous tours and 4 albums. A must purchase for all BnD’s friends and enemies. Price: USD 3,-.

2008 BnD MERCHANDISE available at the gig places and by ordering from bumndraze@hotmail.com, better hurry because these are usually sold out immediately:

T-Shirts:

- “Norman”. Bum N’ drazE – Bates Motel Revisited 2008 Cambodia Toür. Description: Norman Bates with Bum N’ drazE skull shirt on. Colour: Black. Size: L. Price: USD 5,-.

- “Skull”. Description: Bum N’ drazE’s famous skull logo in the front and BnD “tattoo” on the right back shoulder. Colour: Black. Size: L. Price: USD 6,-.

- “Bum N’ DrazE Bates Motel Revisited Cambodia 2008″-text. Sleeveless unisex shirt. Colour: White with black text. Size: M. Price: USD 4,-.

- “No Sleep ’til Hammerfest”. Description: The band’s ape mummy mascot plays guitar in Johnny Ramone position with seven bare female butts in the front of the stage. Negative image of the original 2005 shirt. Colour: Black. Size: L. Price: USD 5,-.

- “Unplugged Funeral-Cambodia Tour 2003-2004″. Description: Khmer Apsara dancer in an unplugged coffin, with a ghost torture gang on the background and open graves in the front. Negative image of the original 2003-2004 shirt. Colour: Black. Size: L. Price: USD 5,-.

Baseball caps:

- “Bum N’ drazE” text on the cap’s forehead. Colour: Black with white text. Size: Adjustable from shrunken to swollen heads. Price: USD 4,-.

OTHER LOCAL ROCK’N ROLL NEWS:

Phnom Penh: Zombie Birdhouse on St. 278 has announced to close mid-April, which is a huge loss to all real rock music fans of Phnom Penh. The Swiss owner David has not revealed his future plans, but has said that four years of bar-keeping is now enough. It still remains unclear from where Zombie’s charming regular gang can be found next, drinking cheap Pastis and listening to Motörhead, Iggy Pop, Ramones, Ted Nugent, Stormtroopers of Death etc. Stay tuned anyway. For “Zombie’s Funeral” night with BnD 11.04., see the attached poster.

Phnom Penh: Taiwanese-owned ex-Zeppelin Café/Rock Zone, now Rock Bar has moved in March 2008 from next to Phnom Penh Hotel along the road to the Backpackerville to the Walkabout region of the St. 51 bar strip. At least for vinyl LP freaks, the new location is probably more convenient when nightclubbing in the heart of Phnom Penh. Apart from an impressive collection of 70s and 80s rock music from vinyl, probably also live music occasionally available.

Sihanoukville: Independence Hotel organised the first “Rock On The Beach” event on the Independence Beach on Saturday 22 March 2008 with the expat rock band Whack Daddy Down from Singapore as the main act and some local performers. The WDD band has thrown some gigs in Cambodia also before, including the Rock at Angkor Wat (RAW) festival in Siem Reap in 2003. According to local information, the event coincided with many simultaneous full moon parties in Sihanoukville, which resulted in an audience of a relatively modest size. However, there are plans to improve the concept further for the next time, has been heard from IH management.


REGIONAL ROCK’N ROLL NEWS:

Thailand: Phuk’s PTK band plays Pattaya. The amazing house band of Bangkok’s former popular Country Road II establishment, Phuk’s PTK band, has moved to Pattaya after the CR II’s building was demolished to give way for new high-rise development in the Sukhumvit area. According to the regulars, the band played literally until the end on the edge of the construction hole before the final excavator’s hit arrived. But Phuk & co. still keep on rocking, of course. They have also played several times in Saigon during the previous years. So check’em out if you happen to be in Pattaya, the name of the place is still Country Road, what else.

Exhibition opening at REYUM: Monday March 31, 5-8pm

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

reyum

Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture
#47, Street 178, P.O Box: 2438
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel / Fax: 855 23 217 149
E-mail: rey...@camnet.com.kh
www.reyum.org

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This Week at Meta-House: March 25 to March 30

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
Dear Friends and Art lovers,

Please join our events from Friday, March 25 till Sunday March 30. 
Please see below the detailed program and a special announcement.
Best regards, from Meta House team

TUE, 25/03, 7PM:  Artist Special: RICHARD TURNER
WED, 26/03, 7PM: “THOM THOM” Music DVD Launch
THU, 27/03, 7 PM: “BUCKAROO BANZAI” Cult SF Movie
FRI, 28/03, 7 PM: “UXO” and other SE Asian docs by IAN WHITE
SAT, 29/03, 7PM: Double Doc Feature by PETER DEGEN
“MEKONG – THE MOTHER” & “WHEN THE FLOODS RECEDE”
SUN, 30/03, 7PM: “KWAIDAN” – Classic Feature, set in Asia

Ongoing ART EXHIBTION “UNDERLYING”
Mekong Art & Culture project, until April 08 2008
Open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 6PM

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TUE, 25/03
ARTIST SPECIAL: RICHARD TURNER
Southern Californian artist Richard Turner teaches studio art and contemporary Asian art at Chapman University where he is also director of the Guggenheim Gallery. At Meta House Mr. Turner will present two short videos and a work-in-progressThe Surrealist Hotel, a project inspired by an imagined collaboration between Vann Molyvann and Max Ernst on the design of tourist hotels for Siem Reap.

WED, 26/03
KHMIX IT! : THOM THOM DVD LAUNCH
In November 2006 Cambodia’s only indie rock band made a live recording in Battambang at the Arts School PHARE Ponleu Selpak. The performance has been filmed and a selection of 5 songs is the basis of a 2 hours DVD – including music videos by Rithy Panh and KM Lo. People of the different bands and projects will be there to answer all the questions after the screening.

THU, 27/03 7 PM
“The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai across the 8th Dimension” 
American science fiction film that has reached cult film status. It was released in a 1984, directed and produced by W. D. Richter and concerns the efforts of the multi-talented Dr. Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller), a physicist, neurosurgeon, Samurai, rock musician, Jet Car driver and comic book hero, to save the world by defeating a band of inter-dimensional aliens.

FRI, 28/03 7 PM
UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) Lao
Laos is the most heavily UXO contaminated country in the world.
Over 6 million tones of bombs were dropped between 1965-73. Up to 25 percent failed to explode, lying dormant in farms and villages. 25 years later filmmaker Ian White traveled up the Ho Chi Minh trail as guest of UXO Lao, capturing incredible scenes of people living in areas that have been described as live bombing ranges and UXO Lao staff risking their lives as they disarm 1000kg bombs, rockets, and tones of cluster munitions.

SAT, 29/03
FOCUS CAMBODIA/DOUBLE FEATURE:
“MEKONG – THE MOTHER”
This film portrays the Mekong River in the Lower Mekong Basin through its people who live from the river’s abundant natural resources. People not only fish but also plant rice, use the Mekong and its associated tributaries as a means of communication and transportation. Documentary in English language with subtitles for interviews in riparian languages by Peter Degen. (2000, 45 min)

“WHEN THE FLOODS RECEDE”
In this documentary fishermen and women describe their lives that depend on fishing. Each year 10 days before full moon in January a big fish migration takes place in the Tonle Sap River. Thousands of people flock to the Tonle Sap from all over the country to by Trey Riel fish or exchange it for rice to make prahoc, the famous Cambodian fermented fish paste. Documentary in English language with subtitles for Khmer interviews by Peter Degen. (2001, 52 min)

SUN, 30/03
SET IN ASIA: KWAIDAN
This film contains four distinct, separate stories. A high-class horror anthology laced with unforgettable imagery. By Masaki Kobayashi (Japan, 1964, 183 min)

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Underlying
Contemporary Art Exhibition from the Mekong Sub-Region

The Mekong Art & Culture Project with Tadu Contemporary art present this major traveling exhibition – the first artist/curator collaboration in the Mekong sub-region – features 32 art works by 20 artists from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, in varied contemporary media: oil painting, mixed-media, woodcuts, video art, photography and installation.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!
“LOOK AT US!”

Wednesday, March 26th 2008, 6:30 PM
 At Sovanna Phum, Street 360 corner 105, # 111
Ticket for foreigners: USS 3

Produced by the Artists in collaboration with Amrita performing Arts
Supported and directed by Bob Ruijzendaal
The Theatre Director from the Netherland who conducted a 3-week workshop with 8 Cambodian dancers and musicians to create and present a work-in-progress.

Cambodia ICT & Telecommunications World Expo 2008

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Dear Friends and Visitors,

On behalf of International Data Group (IDG) Indochina and NiDA of Kingdom of Cambodia, We would like to take pride in introducing “Cambodia ICT & Telecommunications World Expo 2008″, the 4th Annual Largest Event at Mondial Center from 4-6th April 2008

Benefit to visit ICT World Expo:

1. IT and Electronic Show (Enjoy Hi-Tech)

2. Lucky Draw 10 times per day to win the various gifts

3. Gifts are waiting for you

4. Game Pavilion and win the total prize 12,000,000 Riel = 3000$

5. Free Internet Usage

6. Meet your target clients, partners, and cooperated companies.

7. Business Matching Time

8. Job Pavilion

9. CADCOMMS (013 Company) will distribute thousands Sim Cards and sell the special numbers with low price.

10. Estimated visitors: 40,000 participants

* Many lucky Draw and Game with competition are waiting for you.

* There are 30 companies showing their products and service in that Expo.

* Free entering and get more gifts from Organizer.

If most of you know me and be my friend, I am preparing some gifts for you.

Ang inquiry, feel free to call me and mail to me.

Best wishes,

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Chhoun Pheakdey (Mr)

Event Coordinator

International Data Group – IDG IndoChina

HP: (+855) 16 497 658/ 012 782 684

Email: pheakdeypresident32@yahoo.com
Website: www.idg.com, www.idgcambodia.com

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