Preparing films screening in University of Battambang / by: Dara Saoyuth
Starting from Monday to Thursday, my TV production lecturer and all students in DMC batch 08 had brought 9 short documentary videos to screen in 3 provinces in the Kingdom.
“Until Today” is a DMC Video Project focusing on outgrowing the shadow of Democratic Kampuchea. Throughout the 9 videos, you will know ‘how do events from the past shape our future?’ and ‘how does that affect our daily lives today?’.
Short descriptions of these 9 videos are: A Child Soldier disperses the ghosts of his past with music; After more than 30 years, a man is reunited with his family; Men and women abandon Buddhism to avoid punishment for their sins; Ruined villas of Kep are waiting to take their place among the national heritage; After her abuse under DK, a transsexual now tells her story at the ECCC; A woman joins a mine squad to save others from her own fate; Indigenous tribes in Ratanakiri remember how they turned from friend to foe; The hunt for lost manuscripts as a treasure of the past is on; and The prosecution of intellectuals under DK – reason of unoriginality today?
To produce these videos, my classmates and I had to go to different places in Cambodia talking to various people and capturing everything we thought it would help making our videos good to see. All of us had one week for shooting and around three weeks for editing.
With the financial support from GIZ Entwicklungsdienst, we successfully achieved these 90 minutes video consisting of 9 stories on different topic. Sooner after finishing editing, we had brought these videos to screen at French Cultural Centre in Siem Reap, University of Battambang in Battambang province, and Apic Arts in Kampot province.
By: Dara Saoyuth
Consult the screening announcement written by GRIGO Andreas, a TV production lecturer at DMC
Tonight, I am very lucky to have watched “Burma VJ” from the start till the end of the screening time at Meta House. This is a documentary film which you should not miss if you are interested in journalistic work.
The film shows a group of young video journalists who try to bring news about the protesting in Burma in 2007 to the outside world. For them, capturing news out to the world is more important than their own safety because sometimes they have been arrested by the police officers that they don’t want journalist to broadcast news about the protesting. Some parts of the film was shot on hand-held cameras and the footage was smuggled out of the country mainly by internet and was later broadcast back to Burma and the world via satellite.
For official website of Burma VJ movie, Click Here
By: Dara Saoyuth