Agenda

Screenings

2
August

Script Lab with Ian Masters
  • 2:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Cine Club

A space for scriptwriters to develop their stories

Creativity cannot be taught. Every idea is different. Every writer finds their own voice in their own way. ScriptLab is not a traditional workshop or training course in scriptwriting. It is an opportunity for scriptwriters to share their work, support and encourage each other and have one-to-one script surgeries with a more experienced scriptwriter. The emphasis is on the writers to write, and through that process to learn about structure and story and character by applying scriptwriting techniques to their own specific projects. All participants will join the script lab with an idea for a project summarized in 150 words. An initial group session on 2nd August will bring all the invited participants together.

As a group we will look at the openings of a number of films, and watch some short films together. This will open up the discussion of how stories work and how to create an impactful opening. It will also give all the writers the chance to get to know one another and their projects.

After this introduction, writers will be “buddied up” working in pairs to support each other through the writing process. Over the course of the following few weeks and months, a series of one-to-one sessions will focus specifically on the writers’ individual stories. These will take place in cafes at times suitable to the participants.
All sessions will be conducted in English and hosted by Ian Masters, Lead Scriptwriter at BBC Media Action, Cambodia, writer/producer of The Last Reel, and the founder of ScriptNet, an NGO which for ten years worked with new writers in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

All documents must be sent in English.

Please indicate in the subject of your email “Script Lab – FirstName LastName”.

Priority will be given to Cambodian applicants.


2
August

Paper cannot wrap up embers
  • 5:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Cine Saturday

9
August

Two films directed by His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk
  • 5:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Cine Saturday

16
August

Fatal Assistance
  • 5:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Cine Saturday

23
August

Good luck to you every day
  • 5:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Cine Saturday

30
August

Tep Sodachan
  • 5:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Cine Saturday

6
September

Two films on Gender Issues
  • 5:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Cine Saturday

13
September

Two films on human trafficking in Cambodia
  • 5:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Cine Saturday

20
September

Films on the Celebrations for the Dead
  • 5:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Cine Saturday

27
September

Two films on the Khmer rouges era
  • 5:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Cine Saturday
Special Events

1
August

Seasons of Migration

  • 6:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Other

6
August

Tropfest South East Asia 2014 Roadshow

  • 6:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Other

15
August

Indian Cinema Week

  • 6:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Other

29
August

Encounter with Prumsodun Ok

  • 6:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Other

Featuring films and chat on the power of performing arts

Prumsodun Ok is an artist, teacher, writer and curator, best known for his dance and choreography which draw on Khmer robam boran. Based in Long Beach, USA, he is Associate Artistic Director of Khmer Arts. On 29 August, he presents two films never before shown in Cambodia. From the Heart of Brahma is a documentary featuring interviews with Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, Toni Shapiro-Phim and others, and focusing on Prum's transformation of classical dance for telling of gay love stories. Following this, a ten-minute documentary of a recent performance will provide context. A Q&A with Prum will follow.

Films and discussion are in Khmer and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be available, where necessary.

Entrance is free. All are welcome.

Short bio note

Prumsodun Ok (b. 1987) works to positively transform our world through his practice as an artist, teacher, writer, and curator. His interdisciplinary performances draw upon the ancient tradition of Khmer classical dance, exploring the intersection of social justice with new possibilities for performance. His original works have been performed at CounterPULSE’s Performing Diaspora Festival (San Francisco), Teatro Benito Juárez (Mexico City), and REDCAT (Los Angeles) among others.
Prum is the recipient of honors and fellowships from TED, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Durfee Foundation, and the Center for Cultural Innovation among others. He has spoken about Khmer dance and his work at community organizations, schools, and universities such as New York University and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prum is currently associate artistic director of Khmer Arts and is the youngest serving board member of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts.

16
September

Homo Sapiens, Quo Vadis?

  • 6:00 pm
  • Bophana Center
  • Conferences

Guest speaker: Jean-François Bouvet. Event in French.

The Bophana Center has the honor to welcome as guest speaker Sir Jean- François to address major social challenges the humanity is currently facing.

In his latest book (Mutants. À quoi ressemblerons-nous demain ?, Flammarion editions, 2014, in French), Bouvet notes that Homo sapiens is not literally alinated, but that the human species is facing an unprecedented evolution in the recorded 200,000 years of existence.

He then lists some trends to be linked with our lifestyle choices : Obesity in the West’s populations (over 30% of the adult population in the U.S.A. ; early-coming puberty in girls ; the dramatic weaking in the the concentration of sperm over the past half-century. The human being is clearly changing, and at a pace unrelated with the Darwinian evolution. What are the causes for that ?

Bouvet looks into the promises of the medicine and asks himeself between Homo or Homo perturbatus technologicus, who will prevail?

The presentation will be followed by a session of Questions & Answers with the audience.

The language of the event is French. No simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Entrance is free. All are welcome.

Jean - François Bouvet, Ph.D. in biology, teaches at the University Claude Bernard-Lyon I in France. His research interests focus on neurobiology.

Publications of the guest in French :

- "Du fer dans les épinards et autres idées reçues" (sous la dir., Le Seuil, 1997)
- "La stratégie du caméléon. De la simulation dans le monde vivant" (Le Seuil, 2000)
- "Le péché, la bête et l'homme" (sous la dir., Le Seuil, 2003)
- "Sans le nucléaire on s’éclairerait à la bougie et autres tartes à la crème du discours technoscientifique" (coécrit avec Corinne Lepage, Le Seuil, 2010)
- Le camion et la poupée. L’homme et la femme ont-ils un cerveau différent ? (Flammarion, 2012)
- Mutants. À quoi ressemblerons-nous demain ? (Flammarion, 2014)

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