Thursday, November 02, 2006

Cambodia's Rock & Roll

A brand new film, currently in post production, is in the pipeline and focuses on the heady days of Cambodia's rock and roll years in the '60s and early '70s. Titled Don't Think I've Forgotten, the film celebrates the music and the people who created it, and who are alive today to tell the story. Director John Pirozzi is in charge, having been involved in Matt Dillon's film City of Ghosts that was set in Cambodia, and has also just finished shooting a film about the LA-based band Dengue Fever's first trip to Cambodia. Interest in this style of music is gathering pace and Dengue Fever are at the forefront of the revival. The film's website is here.

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Artist Sasha Constable has organised an exhibition, Building Peace, of de-commissioned weapons that have been sculpted into various forms by art students from the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh. The exhibition is taking place at the Hotel De La Paix in Siem Reap and runs til 22 November. Sasha is currently managing a new contemporary art gallery in Siem Reap promoting young Khmer artists, next to the old market, at The Art House. You can find out a lot more at their website. Thanks to Jinja for highlighting these snippets.

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