Spotlight on Cambodian Film Makers - Part 1

Spotlight on Cambodian Film Makers - Part 1

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Mercury Cinema

13 Morphett Street

Adelaide, SA 5000


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A screening program centred around works that inspired Skin Shade Night Day.

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Curated by Allison Chhorn and presented as part of Skin Shade Night Day, this screening program centres around works that inspired her exhibition, spotlighting Cambodian film-makers whose works, like Chhorn, explore themes of memory, family and the legacy of cultural trauma.

The screening program is a continuation of Allison’s ongoing research project into , Artists of Cambodian Diaspora.

“These Cambodian film-makers share a responsibility that resonates very closely to my own practice — responding to current ways of living that are in danger of being lost while also recognising their inevitable end by capturing their memory” – Allison Chhorn.

Last Night I Saw You Smiling

Director: Kavich Neang

Cambodia, 2019, 78 min

Khmer with English subtitles


Synopsis: The White Building, an iconic structure home to 493 families in Phnom Penh, faces demolition. In the building’s final days, director Kavich Neang follows his own family and neighbours as they pack belongings, share memories and anxieties, and eventually move out before the building’s total destruction. One of the flagship films of the ascendent Cambodian production company Anti-Archive, Last Night I Saw You Smiling was a hit at the Rotterdam, Jeonju and Locarno film festivals in 2019.


Director: Kanitha Tith

Cambodia, 2014, 9 min

Khmer with English subtitles

Synopsis: An evocative portrait of Phnom Penh’s White Building, Tith’s film allows the viewer an unhurried look at its corridors, surfaces and the manifestations of life inside and around it.

Image: Last Night I Saw You Smiling (2019), film still. Courtesy Anti-Archive.

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