Chris Rompré is a Canadian filmmaker based in Phnom Penh. He and Haig Balian – Rompré’s business partner and friend – have just finished their first narrative documentary, The Man Who Built Cambodia, which explores the life and work of Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann.
The documentary traces Molyvann’s career from the development of ‘New Khmer Architecture’, of which he was a central figure, to his return to Cambodia in the 1990s as he grapples with seeing many of his works being neglected or destroyed in the post-Khmer Rouge era.
Rompré talks to Nipa about how he and Balian came to produce this documentary and the support they’ve received along the way.
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Welcome to February, Nipa readers. Chúc Mừng Năm Mới for everyone celebrating Tết and Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭禧發財) for everyone celebrating Chinese New Year. We wish you happiness, health and great art for the year to come. Now, just because February is the shortest month of the year, doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to look forward to. We’ve rustled up a list of fun happenings in Southeast Asia’s art world for this month. Continue reading “Southeast Asia’s unmissable art events in February”
The inaugural Kampot Writers and Readers Festival will launch on 5 November with the four-day event bringing together a a range artists to celebrate contemporary Cambodian culture, according to Julien Poulson, event organiser and founder of the Kampot Arts and Music Association (KAMA).
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It comes only once every three years, but when it does it is oh so sweet. We’re talking about the Asia Pacific Triennial! In the lead up to the exhibition, we’ll be doing a series of posts previewing/profiling works by the artists representing the Southeast Asian region. Here’s what will be exhibited from Cambodia.
Continue reading “From Cambodia: Buddhist Bugs, a Rubber Man and Traumatic Pasts”