Bophana Films Shine Light on Today’s Cambodia
The Bophana Center is several things – archive, memorial and promoter of filmmaking in Cambodia. Since its founding in 2006, a major focus has been to revitalize the film industry by training the country’s youth in film and broadcast technology.
Academy Award nominated director Rithy Panh, the center’s co-founder describes the mission:
Cambodia is a young country, and we must give prospects to the youth. The past tells us what may happen tomorrow; and images are here to make us think and feed us; it is a great strength to move forward. Education helps us analyze the images and master the techniques; creation enables us to speak up but also express what we see and how we feel.
Ten of the center’s recent works are screening at CTFF 2019. These films paint a strong and stark portrait of life in Phnom Penh of those who exist at bottom rung of the economic ladder and struggle not just to survive, but to thrive also.