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The 2nd launching of KON Magazine

With the initiative of our professor, Tilman Baumgärtel, and all year III students from the Department of Media and Communcation (DMC), the magazine “KON. The Cinema of Cambodia” was successfully launched again at French Cultural Center (CCF) after its first launching at Meta House on October 15, 2010.

This evening, we screened 12 clips taken from some movies produced during 1960s and 1970s such as Panchapor Tevi and Preah Tenvong, and some contemporary movies like Mother’s Heart and Lost Love.

It was an amazing event to have Dy Saveth, a big star during 1960s and 1970s, join and share her experiences of being an actress during that time.


By: Dara Saoyuth

KON appears on WEEKEND issue of The Cambodia Daily

An article about the magazine, KON: The Cinema of Cambodia, appears on WEEKEND issue of the Cambodia Daily newspaper issue 665 published on December 11-12, 2010. Though it’s months after the magazine launching, still, I feel happy to see more and more people start to write about it.

Let’s check the original article below:

KON on The Cambodia Daily Newspaper

KON on The Cambodia Daily Newspaper

KON on The Cambodia Daily Newspaper

KON on The Cambodia Daily Newspaper

Dara Saoyuth

KON appears on 7D of the Phnom Penh Post newspaper

An article about the magazine, KON: The Cinema of Cambodia, appears on SEVENDAYS (7D) issue 63 published on October 22, 2010. Though it’s a week after the magazine launching, still, I feel happy to see more and more people start to write about it.

Let’s check the original article below:

KON Magazine Cover

KON Magazine Cover

As Cambodian film seeks revival, a new generation takes in its varied past. Students from the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) recently released their magazine KON: The Cinema of Cambodia, a collection of 16 articles spanning the 15-year “Golden Age” of the 1960s-70s, the propaganda films of the Khmer Rouge and the decline of Cambodian film, as well as profiles of notable filmmakers and actors.

At an event at Meta House last Friday that included clips from wide swathe of Cambodian films, Hong Channpheaktra, one of the student designers, said that he was inspired by what he learned from past filmmakers. “We need to be creative, our generation,” he said. “We can do that, too. We have to make [films] as great as the past.”

Tilman Baumgärtel, a visiting professor at the RUPP and supervisor for the project, said that he wanted to give students “something to identify with in a positive way – not always on the Khmer Rouge or poverty”.

Hong Channsopheaktra, who has written for the Post’s youth magazine LIFT, said that he was most taken aback by “the techniques of the producers” of the 1960s and 70s. His favourite film of that period, when about 400 films were made and Phnom Penh boasted 30 cinemas, was Thida Sok Pous (Snake Girl). Dy Saveth, who played the starring role, had to wear a wig made of real snakes in the film. “Once, a snake bit me when I pulled its tail,” she said in a profile of her in KON. “I later found its tooth in my face.”

Baumgärtel, a film scholar by training, said the “ingenuity” of filmmakers of that period in making fantasy films – based often on Khmer folk tales and myths – “with quite limited means was impressive to me”. KON includes details of some of the low-cost techniques of director Ly Bun Yim who created an earthquake, a flying pig, a giant face, and other effects.

But even if it’s not the magazine’s focus, it would be difficult to skip over the Khmer Rouge period, and an article in KON discusses the 78 propaganda documentaries made with Chinese support.

Director Yvon Hem, who directed, among others, the first Cambodian film after the Khmer Rouge, Sror Morl Anthaakal (Shadow of Darkness) in 1987, attended KON’s release. He said he was proud that these young people would replace his generation of filmmakers, and urged them to make films about contemporary Cambodia that would make foreign audiences curious about the country. “That’s success in film,” he said. “Put a question in it.”

KON is available at Monument Books for $1.50.

Written by: Thomas Miller
Published on 7DAYS (Issue 63, October 22, 2010), The Phnom Penh Post

KON Magazine Launching

KON Magazine cover

KON Magazine cover

KON (in Khmer: The Cinema of Cambodia) Magazine was made by Department of Media and Communication‘s student batch 8 with initiation from Dr. Tilman Baumgärtel. The magazine is the final project of sophomore students in 2010. It has 28 pages consisting a wide range of news about cinema of Cambodia.

Students talked to films producers, actors, and people both in the golden age as well as today.

Now this magazine is completely done and published for the public who are interested to know about the history and situation of cinema in Cambodia.

We will launch our magazine at Meta House on the October 15, 2010. At that day, we will screen 9 video clip made in the past to audience. There will be filmmakers and actors in the past joining the event.

The admission is free, so don’t forget to join us to get a free KON Magazine.

Below is the information of people and institution that are in charge with the project:

Department of Media and Communication (DMC)
Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP)
Tel : (855) 23 884 408
Fax: (855) 23 884 408
Email: dmc@dmc-cci.edu.kh

Dr. Tilman Baumgärtel
Design Supervisor:
Christine Schmutzler
Magazine Designers:
Dara Saoyuth, Hong Channpheaktra, Lang Mesa, Vorn Makara
Writers and Editors:
Khut Sornnimul, Kim Samath, Koam Tivea, Mak Kuleka
Noy Kimhong,Sun Narin,Suy Heimkhemra
Photo Editors:
Nou Uddom, Tang Khyhay, Veng Rachana
Lay Rattana, Ly Youy, Ngo Menghourng, Sok Leng, Sun Mesa, Tet Chan
Cover Illustration:
Lim Keav
Printed with the kindly support of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stifung, Phnom Penh
Printed by VS Vann Sophea Printing House, Phnom Penh, 2010