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Pchum Ben festival’s buffalo race

Thousands of Cambodians descended on the small village of Vihear Suor (Kandal Province) on October 4 to cheer on the annual water buffalo race that marks the end of the 15-day festival for the dead (Pchum Ben), the most important Cambodian religious event.

The race, that has very ancient roots, is organised for the entertainment of the spirits who have come to Earth during the Pchum Ben and is also be followed by wrestling and khmer boxe matches.


04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), starts preparing his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), starts preparing his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A man cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A man cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia).  Horses are prepared minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horses are prepared minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse riders during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horse riders during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Thousands of people gather to watch the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Thousands of people gather to watch the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A buffalo rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A buffalo rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Buffalo riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Buffalo riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A horse rider competes during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A horse rider competes during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A buffalo rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A buffalo rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A horse rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A horse rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A horse rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A horse rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Buffalo riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Buffalo riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.

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And the Anachakdara 2013 goes to…

A sneak peek into the Anachakdara 2013, the Khmer Star Awards. The ceremony, held in the Koh Pich Theatre of Phnom Penh, was attended by some of the most famous local stars and V.I.P.

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15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

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Once upon a time in Cambodia

LAST UPDATE: 23/03/2013

I started this project in June 2012, with the idea of showing the reconstruction of Cambodian cultural life through research and artistic expression of a generation of young artists, whose personal itineraries break predicable destinies, giving voice and form to the new Cambodian identity. During the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979), Cambodia suffered a cultural genocide that ravaged the intellectual and artistic life of the country, installing a gap of lack of identity over an abyss of 2 millions of deaths. The reportage parts from the emotional and social consequences of this loss of identity, not yet restored, and shows the recent resurgence of artistic creativity as a searching mechanism of social coordinates and an opportunity to repair, build citizenship – trying in some case to use art as a way to transmit also political and social messages.

PHNOM PENH

The capital of the kingdom come together languages and trends from different sources. The peculiarity of this location lies in the profile of their creators, many of whom have dual citizenship or have returned to Cambodia for different reasons after a stay in other countries (many of them refugees). An artistic movement with a distinctly urban style, collect the state of search, the intention of renewal and the appropriation of languages that allow direct communication with the city and its inhabitants, such as graffiti, hip hop, metal, oral poetry, or cinema, without waive the Cambodian artistic tradition.

Pen Robit – Visual Artist

06/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Pen Robit, one of most prominent Cambodian visual artist, posing with one of his painting outside his apartment. He graduated at Phare Ponleu Selpak Visual Art School of Battambang in 2010 and now he’s living and working in Phnom Penh.
06/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Pen Robit shows a portrait he made of Pol Pot in his studio/home of Phnom Penh.
06/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Inside the small studio/home of visual artist Pen Robit.
06/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Pen Robit, one of most prominent Cambodian visual artist, paints in his studio/home in Phnom Penh
06/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Pen Robit, one of most prominent Cambodian visual artist, paints in his studio/home in Phnom Penh

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Oeur Sokuntevy – visual artist

07/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Sokuntevy Oeur in her studio in Phnom Penh. She was born in the countryside and she studied at Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang where she developed her oil and watercolour painting and pencil skills.
07/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Sokuntevy Oeur is a female painter from Cambodia who is boldly leading the charge of the country’s emerging women’s art movement.
07/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. One of the latest Sokuntevy’s choice of subjects and her unforgivingly personal approach to issues she sees to be perceived as being the cornerstones of ‘female identity’, family and sexuality, make her a tour de force.
07/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. A close up of one of the latest work of Sokuntevy Oeur.

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Chhay Bora – movie director

Cambodian Director Chhay Bora during the shooting of “3.50”, a Singapore-financed dramatic thriller about human trafficking in Cambodia.
Behind the scene of “3.50”, a Singapore-financed dramatic thriller about human trafficking in Cambodia and co-direct by Chhay Bora.
Cambodian director Chhay Bora resting exhausted in his office, in the last day of shooting of “3.50” – a Singapore-financed dramatic thriller about human trafficking in Cambodia

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Sliten6ix – metal band

06/07/2012 – Phnom Penh. Sliten6ix is a Metal Band from Cambodia. Line up has been completed in Feb 2011. They are a Part of Cambodia Rock & Metal Society and the Cambo HeadBanger.
06/07/2012 – Phnom Penh. Sliten6ix is a Metal Band from Cambodia. Line up has been completed in Feb 2011. They are a Part of Cambodia Rock & Metal Society and the Cambo HeadBanger.

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BATTAMBANG

The last province free from political control of the Khmer Rouge is now one of the local contexts where root some of the visions and creative projects more interesting and genuine in the country. This forced isolation has recently helped the emergence of an artistic movement, genuine and devoid of foreign influence. A key role in the development of the artistic movement in Battambang is the “Phare Ponleu Selpak”school, a Cambodian association born in “Site 2” (one of the refugee camp at the Thai border during the ’80) that uses arts to answer children psycho social needs.

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Phok Sopheap – visual artist

23/06/2012 – Battambang. 2 paintings of Phok Sopheap.
23/06/2012 – Battambang. Phok Sopheap one of the young artists of the Kingdom’s new art capital, Battambang.
23/06/2012 – Battambang. Phok Sopheap one of the young artists of the Kingdom’s new art capital, Battambang.

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Long Kosal – visual artist

24/06/2012 – Battambang. Artist Mao Soviet talking with the local painter Long Kosal. In 2011, Soviet decided to open his own gallery called Make Maek in Battambang and is today a prominent artist and a leading proponent of the art community in Cambodia.
24/06/2012 – Battambang. Close up of one of the Long Kosal’s portrait series.

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Theanly Chov – visual artist

25/06/2012 – Battambang. Theanly Chov, another young painter working in his studio in Battambang.
25/06/2012 – Battambang. Close up of a painting of Theanly Chov, young painter from Battambang.
25/06/2012 – Battambang. Theanly Chov takes most of his inspirations from the Cambodian’s ’60.
25/06/2012 – Battambang. Close up of a Theanly Chov’s painting about deforestation in Cambodia. For this piece, he decided to take inspiration from the world of videogames, a way to better transmit the message to the young generations.

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Ot Veasna – visual artist

22/06/2012 – Battambang. Ot Veasna is maybe one of the most creative painter from “Phare Ponleu Selpak” art school in Battambang. Born in 1980 in Kandal Province in Central Cambodia, Veasna was never given the opportunity of formal education. Raised by his devoted mother after his father abandoned her while she was expecting him, Veasna did not attend school due to his severe hearing impairment, Ot Veasna is completely deaf. As a result of his lack of education he is unable speak, read, write, nor was he ever taught how to sign.
22/06/2012 – Battambang. The mother of Ot Veasna posing in their house just outside Battambang.
22/06/2012 – Battambang.Ot Veasna paints in the kitchen of his house just outside Battambang.
22/06/2012 – Battambang. Ot Veasna is maybe one of the most creative painter from “Phare Ponleu Selpak” art school in Battambang.
22/06/2012 – Battambang. Ot Veasna signs a painting.

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Phare Ponleu Selpak’s school of circus and art.

22/06/2012 – Battambang. “Phare Ponleu Selpak”PPS is a Cambodian association using arts to answer children psycho social needs. One of the most important program is the circus school, that provides teaching in the major disciplines as juggling, acrobatics, aerial acts, clowning, balancing, dancing…
22/06/2012 – Battambang. “Phare Ponleu Selpak”PPS is a Cambodian association using arts to answer children psycho social needs. One of the most important program is the circus school, that provides teaching in the major disciplines as juggling, acrobatics, aerial acts, clowning, balancing, dancing…
22/06/2012 – Battambang. “Phare Ponleu Selpak”PPS is a Cambodian association using arts to answer children psycho social needs. One of the most important program is the circus school, that provides teaching in the major disciplines as juggling, acrobatics, aerial acts, clowning, balancing, dancing…
22/06/2012 – Battambang. “Phare Ponleu Selpak”PPS is a Cambodian association using arts to answer children psycho social needs. One of the most important program is the circus school, that provides teaching in the major disciplines as juggling, acrobatics, aerial acts, clowning, balancing, dancing…
22/06/2012 – Battambang. “Phare Ponleu Selpak”PPS is a Cambodian association using arts to answer children psycho social needs. One of the most important program is the circus school, that provides teaching in the major disciplines as juggling, acrobatics, aerial acts, clowning, balancing, dancing…
22/06/2012 – Battambang. “Phare Ponleu Selpak”PPS is a Cambodian association using arts to answer children psycho social needs. One of the most important program is the circus school, that provides teaching in the major disciplines as juggling, acrobatics, aerial acts, clowning, balancing, dancing…
22/06/2012 – Battambang. “Phare Ponleu Selpak”PPS is a Cambodian association using arts to answer children psycho social needs. One of the most important program is the circus school, that provides teaching in the major disciplines as juggling, acrobatics, aerial acts, clowning, balancing, dancing…

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SIEM REAP

The main center of tourism in the country contains the beauty of Angkor and the roots of Khmer pride to their traditions and cultural past. Its recent art scene incorporate the revision of cultural codes, languages and tools from a local perspective interconnected with other foreign artistic movements and cultural trends. The result is the proliferation of studios and art galleries (1961, Art Deli, Poetry, Hotel de La Paix) that allow the visibility and international diffusion (with the work of Loven Ramos as an entrepenoeur) of the works of many Cambodian artists (as Seckon Leang, Savann Oun and many more).

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Loven Ramos – Artist and entrepreneur

18/06/2012 – Siem Reap. Loven Ramos has been a tireless champion of Cambodia’s nascent art community. The owner of three of Siem Reap’s artistic institutions — 1961, Art Deli and Poetry — Ramos has been instrumental in the promotion of young artists from the country’s west, and is hoping to bank on his recent successes with the recent opening of the ARTillery Cafe in Phnom Penh.
18/06/2012 – Siem Reap. In the purest sense of the word, Loven Ramos’s 1961, is not just an hotel, but also a creative space where one can stay and immerse into a world of artists, poets, musicians and writers.
16/11/2012 – Phnom Penh. Loven Ramos’ performance during the “Prison Break-in”, a event of visual poetry organized in the Java Café of Phnom Penh.

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Savann Oun – visual artist

17/06/2012 – Siem Reap. The young Cambodian artist Savann Oun posing in front of one of his work, exhibited at Art Deli in Siem Reap.

[divider style=”top” ] I hope to have the chance to work more on this project in the next few months, so stay tuned! Thank you very much to all the artists who helped me in this project.

(text by Cova Alvarez and Maria Gallar)

Final ceremony for the funeral of the late Cambodian King Sihanouk

A final procession, in which the ashes of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, were accompanied by King Sihamoni and Queen Mother Monineath from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, concluded the 7 days of funeral ceremonies.

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07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Guards rests in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, minutes before the beginning of the procession in which the remaining ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk were carried from the crematorium to the Royal Palace.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Only very few Cambodian citizens were allowed to pray nearby the crematorium site.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Monineath arrive at the crematorium site to collect the remaining ashes of the late former King Norodom Sihanouk.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
Queen Monineath (76), accompanied by her son, King Norodom Sihamoni carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Bun Rany, wife of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, walks in the procession in which the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Sihanouk, were carried from the Crematorium to the Royal Palace.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.

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Cremation Ceremony of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk

On the 4th day of the funeral, the body of the late Cambodian King Sihanouk, is cremated in a sumptuous Buddhist ceremony held in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, at the presence of numerous foreign heads of state.

If interested, you can also see the reportages of the first day and of the second and third.

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04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Two guards take a rest in the morning of the last day of the four day ceremony of King Norodom’s funeral.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Two military relax nearby the boat that will be used to release some of the ashes of King Father Norodom Sihanouk into the Mekong river.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. A woman clears the floor in the front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, minutes before the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Hundreds of Cambodians are allowed to enter the creamatorium site and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk a few hours before the cremation ceremony.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Just a few common Cambodians citizens are allowed to pray and pay their respects to the late king Sihanouk, in front of the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians wait for hours in the streets of Phnom Penh, the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, as Police secured the area around the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians wait for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, as Police secured the area around the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife, Bun Rany, enter the crematorium site ahead of the start of the cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Officials enter the Vela Meru (cremation site), before the cremation ceremonies for the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Print shop workers make posters and gadgets with the photos of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, during the cremation ceremony of his body.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Officials within the Vela Meru (cremation site), during the cremation ceremonies for the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. A family is gathered in front of the television, watching the cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians wait for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, as Police secured the area around the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians wait for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, as Police secured the area around the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Aerial view of the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, minutes before the cremation of the body of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Guests at the crematorium, built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, minutes before the cremation of the body of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Fireworks explode at the site of cremation for Cambodia’s former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk cry minutes after the cremation of the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Smoke comes out the chimney of the crematorium minutes after the end of the cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian women cry after the ending of the ceremony of cremation of the late King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians who waited for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, climb over the fences, minutes after the end of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians who waited for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, climb over the fences, minutes after the end of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Smoke comes out the chimney of the crematorium minutes after the end of the cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.

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Funerals for late Cambodian King Sihanouk continue in Phnom Penh

Celebrations of the funerals of the late king Sihanouk continue in Phnom Penh, with a private ceremony held by the Royal Family at the crematorium site and two massive concentrations of Cambodian people gathered to pay their last respects.

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02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. The Royal band enters the crematorium site ahead of the start of a private ceremony in which the king Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk will pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Bun Rany, wife of P.M. Hun Sen, enters the crematorium site ahead of the start of a private ceremony in which the king Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk will pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk in a private ceremony held in the late afternoon of saturday in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Monks walks out the crematorium site during a private ceremony in which the king Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk have payed their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. For safety reasons, all the area that surround the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh is deserted.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk in a private ceremony held in the late afternoon of saturday in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk in a private ceremony held in the afternoon of saturday in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Security forces guard the private ceremony held in the afternoon of saturday in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. The royal Band walk out the crematorium site during a private ceremony in which the king Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk have payed their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Fire works in honour of the late King Norodom Sihanouk on the second day of his funeral.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. After the ending of a private ceremony held by the Royal Family, Cambodian people are finally allowed to pay their respects in front of the crematorium where the embalmed body of the late king Sihanouk is kept.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Hundreds of Cambodians gather in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to pay their respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the second day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.

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Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk

Phnom Penh, 1st of february 2013, buddhist funeral rites for the former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk saw a golden coffin carrying his embalmed body paraded through the streets of Phnom Penh that were lined with thousands of mourners paying their last respects.

The king’s body will be cremated on Monday, 4th of february 2013.

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Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Latest retouches before the celebrations of the funeral of the former Cambodian king Sihanouk start.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The final touches are made ahead of the start of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Apsara dancers in traditional costume waiting for the beginning of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). A security agent scans a group of Buddhist monks ahead of the start of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the late former King Sihanouk, comes out the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh surrounded by the higher echelons of the Cambodian Army.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, comes out the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh surrounded by the higher echelons of the Cambodian Army.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Cannons greeted by a salvo, are fired 21 times, starting the celebrations of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). A Buddhist monk covers his ear to dampen the noise of cannons that were fired in honour of King Norodom Sihanouk at the start of his funeral.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Officials carrying images of the late king pictured ahead of the start of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Phnom Penh is filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway for the late King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The streets of Phnom Penh are filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, pay their respects to the late former King Sihanouk just outside the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, pay their respects to the late former King Sihanouk just outside the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, pay their respects to the late former King Sihanouk just outside the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The streets of Phnom Penh are filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway for the late former King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Thousand of Cambodians gather in front of the huge Creamatorium where the body of the former king Sihanouk was carried late this morning. The body will be cremated on Monday.

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Phnom Penh is on fire!

This afternoon I was riding my motorbike when, nearby the Central Market, I bumped into a blaze.

A good amount of smoke were coming out from a Chinese bar/restaurant and from the first floor of the building. The road was blocked by a huge amount of Fire Fighters’ trucks (for the size of the blaze), at least 40-50 policemen and curious people.

The atmosphere was really unreal… a real chaos, nobody was really understanding what to do and how do it… so, I dragged out my Press Pass and I started to take pictures…

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I think I counted 8 firemen’s trucks around the area of the fire.
Firemen at work.
Mhh, maybe there’s some problem with the pipe.
Definitely, Phnom Penh, we got a problem!!!
People gathered in front of the place watch amazed the work of the fire fighters and policemen.
Mhh.. I think they don’t like the colour of the wardrobe…
Yes! Is definitely the color!.
Collateral damages.
People amazed.
People amazed.
It’s time for some water and some snacks.
And they lived happily ever after…

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Behind “3.50”

A behind the scene of the last 2 days of shooting of “3.50”, a Singapore-financed dramatic thriller about human trafficking in Cambodia co-direct by Chhay Bora — whose first feature film “Lost Loves” is Cambodia’s second-ever official entry to the Oscar’s for foreign language film this year.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the director said: “Young people from poor families in Cambodia are often recruited to work far from home. Some of them find good jobs and are able to support their families, but some of them fall into the hands of bad people and are forced into the sex industry. By making this film, we can educate our poor farmers that they need to be very careful; and we can try to help our country to not become a place for sex tourists.”

As he did with “Lost Loves”, a personal account of his wife’s family’s travails during the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia of the 1970s, Bora intends to screen the film in Phnom Penh’s two modern cinemas, before taking it on a road show to the country’s rural provinces.

Thank you very much to Bora and all the crew who allowed me to do these photos.

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Khmer Krom – The Nowhere People

First used as spies by the CIA during the Vietnam War and later targeted for elimination by Pol Pot’s genocidal regime, Khmer Krom are still victims of numerous human rights violations today. The ones living in Vietnam are being acculturated by Hanoi´s intimidating policies, while others have been forcibly evicted from their ancestral lands in the Mekong Delta and pushed to Cambodia where they are not recognized as full citizens. With no place on either side of the border, the Khmer Krom have become the “nowhere people.” 

This is their story.

I started this project in July 2012, when I spent a week as a tourist visiting some of the Khmer Krom communities and Pagodas in the Mekong Delta. At that point, my aim was just to discover and understand a bit better their ways of life, as well as to visit some of Vietnam’s most iconic sites.

As my first contact with the Khmer Krom communities, my encounter with the reality of their lives was only brief and did not leave me enough time to properly investigate the matter, especially how the restrictions applied by the Vietnamese Government affect the Khmer Krom’s life itineraries.

Therefore, I am planning to go back to the area with the support of several international organisations and NGOs..

It is, of course, an ongoing project.

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Vietnam’s Tra Vinh Province in the heart of the Mekong Delta hosts one of the largest populations of ethnic Khmer in the country. The province has more the 140 Temples and Pagodas.
A Khmer Krom monk in Sam Bua Pagoda, just a few kilometers outside Tra Vinh.
Nuns and monks praying in the Hang Pagoda, just outside Tra Vinh (Vietnam).
Buddhist shrine with portrait of Ho Chi Minh in the Hang Pagoda (Tra Vinh). Khmer Krom monks are required to study Ho Chi Minh’s biography and teach Vietnamese history, with many pagodas maintaining shrines to Ho Chi Minh and displaying Communist Party posters on pagoda walls.
A monk studying in the Koskeoseray Pagoda (Tra Vinh – Vietnam). On the wall a picture of Avalokiteśvaras, who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. Portrayed in different cultures as either male or female, Avalokiteśvara is one of the more widely revered bodhisattvas in mainstream Mahayana Buddhism, as well as unofficially in Theravada Buddhism.
Young Khmer Krom monks smoking in Sam Bua Pagoda, just a few kilometers outside Tra Vinh.
Vien Minh Pagoda, Ben Tre (Vietnam). An interesting feature of pagoda is the large white statue of Quan The Am Bo Tat (Goddess of Mercy). The pagoda belongs to Mahayana Buddhism, the most important branch in Vietnam.
Interior of a Catholic Church in Can Tho (Vietnam).
Khmer Krom’s members preparing the Wat Mahatup Pagoda for a ceremony.
A monk smoking in the Trá Sat Pagoda nearby Tra Vinh (Vietnam).
Khmer Krom’s members preparing the Wat Mahatup Pagoda for a ceremony.
Khmer Krom’s members during a ceremony in the Wat Mahatup Pagoda, nearby Soc Trang (Vietnam).
Khmer Krom’s members during a ceremony in the Wat Mahatup Pagoda, nearby Soc Trang (Vietnam).
Board with khmer and vietnamese words in the Chanrangsey Pagoda in central Saigon (Vietnam).
The Chinese Ong Pagoda in Can Tho (Vietnam).
Members of the Cham’s community of Chau Doc (Vietnam), preparing food in the last day of the Ramadam.
The Cham’s mosk of Chau Doc (Vietnam).
A Cham’s cemetery in Chau Doc (Vietnam).

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