Dear Friends of Meta House!
We invite you cordially to the
PITEAK'S ART EXHIBITION OPENING
AND THE BEST OF CAMBODIAN CONTEMPORARY ART ON VIDEO
THIS TUESDAY, 19/07, from 6PM
Slowly but surely, Cambodia’s visual arts’ scene has been emerging from the shadow of the Pol Pot era. Sokunta Piteak’s work could best be described as fascinatingly captivating and spiritually enchanting.
After being a monk he began painting in 1997. Based on classical drawings and modern visual icons, Piteak’s paintings reflects his personal journey as an artist and a street-living individual. For years he was living opposite Meta House in a make-shift-hut. Tonight we invite you to his second solo show.
At 8PM we are screening the video collection REBIRTH – shorts films about Cambodia’s contemporary art scene feat. Sopheap Pich, Linda Saphan, Vandy Rattana a.m.m.
Please be our guest for the opening
or on one of the following nights:
* WEDNESDAY, 20/07
“MARVENCOL”: THE VIOLENT TOY WORLD OF MARK HOGANCAMP
7PM: After a night of drinking at a bar in his hometown, American Mark Hogancamp got in a fistfight and was beaten so badly he went into a coma. When he regained consciousness, he was diagnosed with brain damage. As he tried to put his life back together, Hogancamp came up with an unusual hobby: Using G.I. Joe action figures and Barbie dolls, Hogancamp created an elaborate scale model community in his backyard that he calls “Marwencol”. US filmmaker Jeff Malmberg profiles Mark Hogancamp and the world he created from toys and his imagination in the documentary MARVENCOL (2010, 83 mins) which was premiered at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. …
* THURSDAY, 21/07
TWO EVENTS: “FACING GENOCIDE” AND “SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE”
7PM: A prominent member of the circle of leftist Khmer intellectuals studying in Paris in the 1950s, Khieu Samphan became one of the closest collaborators of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge “Head of State”. Swedish filmmakers David Aronowitsch and Staffan Lindberg have followed him two years before his arrest in 2007 for their documentary FACING GENOCIDE (94 mins, 2010, English/English subs). It is is only screened at Meta and features interviews with Theary Seng and Jacques Vergès. 8PM: Video recording (1969) of Hector Berlioz’s “SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE”. Sergui Celibidace conducts Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI. Admission Fee USD 2; Student pay 1 USD.
* FRIDAY, 22/07
KHMER CINEMA 2011: FRESH FILMS FROM CAMBODIAN FILMMAKERS
7PM: BOYFRIEND (2011, 15 mins. English subs) by the film collective “Kon Khmer Koun Khmer” (Cambodian Films, Cambodian Generations) is a fiction film about a spoiled relationship between a father and a son. 7.30PM: The highly entertaining film BANG BENG, THE INTELLIGENT FARMER (2011, 49 mins, English subs) is directed by Chum Reap and features a fresh cast of Cambodian actors. Through Bong Beng's comical competition with a fellow suitor for a farmer's lovely daughter's hand in marriage, Cambodians can better understand how rice productivity improves the lives of growers. Also screening: Chum Reap’s thriller WHO KILLED RUMDOUL (2010, 45 mins, English subs).
* SATURDAY, 23/07
CAMBODIAN WATERWAYS: WHERE HAVE ALL THE FISH GONE?
7PM : Cambodia's two dominant geographical features are the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap – the largest freshwater lake in SE Asia The Mekong sustaining the lives of 65 million people is under dire threat from hydro-electric dams. It’s unique ecosystem is unlikely to survive the impact of Cambodian dams in Stung Treng and Sambor. The screening of Tom Fawthrop’s new film WHERE HAVE ALL THE FISH GONE? (21 mins, 2010, English subs) is is followed by Peter Degen’s breathtaking documentary MEKONG THE MOTHER (2006, 60 mins, English subs). Christophe Gargiulio’s documentary LAND OF THE LAKES (2008, 48 mins, English subs) was commissioned by the NGO World Fish Center. Filmmaker will attend the screening abd hold a Q&A.
META VOLUNTEER PARTY: “CHANGING THE WORLD ON VACATION”
7PM: Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others and to have fun. Daniela Kon’s debut film CHANGING THE WORLD ON VACATION: NGO VOLUNTEERS AND THE POLITICS OF COMPASSION (2008, 87 mins) is inspired by own experiences volunteering with NGO’s in Thailand, India, and Cambodia. She investigates the moral complexity of development work and the personal and political boundaries of sustainability. Not only volunteers are invited tonight for our “Volunteer Party” with special drink offers and DJ after screening.
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