Press Release – Donation to the Bophana Center

Cambodia & Culture: Bophana Center, the history of the Royal Ballet and the life of H.R.H. Buppha Devi soon accessible to the public

 

The Bophana Center received this week a donation of several dozen archival video tapes containing, among other things, a series on the Royal Cambodian Ballet and the life of the late Princess Buppha Devi.

Christophe Gargiulo and Chea Sopheap, director of Bophana Center

 

In addition to the 11 episodes of 26 minutes each previously broadcast on local channels CTN and CNC some 15 years ago, the original rushes of interviews with the princess, her dancers and her entourage were also donated to the center. In addition, there are a few ‘forgotten’ documentaries such as the opening of the first night market in Siem Reap, the Kep marathon in 2007, the first Angkor shows, the first Phnom Penh photo festival and many others that will certainly delight archive and history lovers.

In all, several dozen hours of documentaries and rushes on the country will be processed by the center and will be broadcast or will be part of other projects of Bophana.

‘We are delighted with this gesture, especially for the films about the princess, I was able to view some of the sequences when the tapes were transferred to digital and some of them are quite beautiful,’ said Chea Sopheap, the center’s director.

The director who gave us these films, Christophe Gargiulo, also gave us free access to his photo library on the Royal Ballet and it is likely that we will exhibit some of them during the next Cambodia International Film Festival.

‘At the beginning, Bophana was already broadcasting some of my films and I am really happy today to be able to contribute to their approach of safeguarding the audio-visual heritage. We will try to offer a 26-minute condensed series on the Ballet and the Princess for the next film festival. For the complete series, I would like to have it in English and French one day because it is currently in Khmer language’, says Mr. Gargiulo, best known today for the magazine Cambodia Mag but who previously had a career as a producer and director and whose several series have been broadcast on various channels of France Televisions and, via the MediaCorp network, in Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

About us

Co-founded by Cambodian director Rithy Panh, the Bophana Center collects audio-visual documents about Cambodia and offers the public a free access to the digital data constituting this unique heritage. The quality and diversity of the database attract a wide and varied audience of teachers, students, researchers, tourists, NGOs and journalists. These archives are also promoted through conferences, debates, exhibitions and training workshops organized by the Center. Bophana also trains young Cambodians in film, audio-visual and new media, inspiring meaningful productions about their own culture. As a place of exchange and interaction, Bophana also supports creation in all its forms by hosting artists: we create the archives of tomorrow.

 


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR INDEPENDENT EVALUATOR TO CONDUCT ASSESSMENT OF BOPHANA CENTER

The Board of Directors and management team of the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center are commissioning a consultant to conduct an assessment of the following issues:

  1. The effectiveness of the Bophana Center’s current policy and procedures to prevent sexual harassment.
  2. Recommendations for change to relevant policies (including the development of a new whistle-blower policy), processes, and training program.
  3. Guidance on the expansion of its Human Resources Department.
  4. Development of a Code of Conduct that will define acceptable behaviors and social norms that all individuals (staff, students, and visitors of the Bophana Center) should adopt on a daily basis.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • – A master’s degree in gender studies, anthropology or relevant disciplines.
  • – At least 5 years working in the non-profit sector and with international partners.
  • – At least 5 years’ proven experience conducting monitoring and evaluation work focused on issues such as gender inclusion, prevention
  • – Substantial experience working in Cambodia.

COMPETENCIES

  • – Personal integrity and transparency.
  • – Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • – Strong technical and analytical skills and demonstrated ability to collect, analyze and interpret data.
  • – Quantitative and qualitative data management skills.
  • – Excellent ability to synthesize, understand and communicate sensitive and complex issues effectively to non-English speakers.
  • – Ability to work in a team, develop synergies and establish effective working relations.
  • – Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • – Excellent organizational skills and proficient time management skills.
  • – Fluency in Khmer is preferable.

DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT

The assignment entails a maximum of 60 days of work to be undertaken between January and March 9th 2023 at the latest. The assignment may involve short travels. Specific dates and locations will be developed jointly with the Bophana Center’s Founder, Executive Director and Chair of the Board of Directors.

The Evaluator is to be identified and contracted no later than December 21, 2022.

Work to commence no later than January 9, 2023 and to conclude no later than March 9, 2023.

In addition to the retainer, all travel, accommodation and meal costs will be provided by Bophana Center.

For additional details, including Scope of Work, Methodology and Deliverables, see Terms of Reference.

To apply, please send a detailed cover letter and a CV to the following address:

sopheap.chea@bophana.org indicating “Bophana Assessment” in the email subject line.


Bophana Center Statement on Allegations of Sexual Harassment

5 November 2022

Bophana Center Statement on Allegations of Sexual Harassment

The Bophana Center has investigated recent allegations of sexual harassment against two members of its staff and has terminated the contracts of both individuals.

“Bophana Centre does not tolerate any forms of sexual harassment or other types of discrimination,” said Director Chea Sopheap. “We are grateful to the victims whose courage brought these issues to light.”

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The Arts of Visibility and Positive Social Change

 

Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center (ARPAA) and Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO) co-implement the project “The Arts of Visibility and Positive Social Change” for 21 months starting from April, 2022 to December 2023. This project is co-funded by Voice through Oxfam in Cambodia, Ford Foundation and Heinrich Böll Stiftung Cambodia. Continue reading…


“Mirror” Dignity Art Exhibition

Baykork produced 12 art pieces in total, divided into 2 different key concepts. The first 6 pieces followed the concept of “light reflection drawings.” They use art as a tool to express feelings and emotions around gender-based violence. Light reflection drawings allow viewers to see two visions within one piece of artwork. The artist team used black drawings on white backgrounds for the main image, but when a lightbox behind the piece was lit, a second overlay image became visible, adding additional meaning to the action depicted. The other 6 art pieces were drawn in color on black backgrounds and illustrated themes of women’s empowerment artworks.
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Mobile Screening

Bophana Center would like to invite you to our Mobile Screening under the project “Elephant Conservation and Indigenous Experiences in Cambodia” project. Three documentary films will be screened followed by a discussion with film producers.

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“My Home” Best Environmental Impact Film at the 2021 Piermont Film Festival

Bophana Center is excited and congratulates the five young filmmakers: Ms. Sopheana Choun, Ms. Choulay Mech, Mr. Sopheak Yam, Mr. Sochetra Mean, and Mr. Pisen Chhean, documentary filmmaking and multimedia alumni at the Bophana Center, whose film “My Home” has been selected as the “Best Environmental Impact Film” at the 2021 Piermont Film Festival. Congrats!!!

The festival is taking place at Goswick Pavilion, Piermont, New York, USA, on June 12-13, 2021. For more info about the festival, please click HERE.

More immensely, our audience will be able to enjoy the film online on June 5, 2021, which is the World Environment Day 2021. For more info about the program, please click HERE.

“My Home” was produced in the framework of the project “Elephant Conservation and Indigenous Experiences in Cambodia: Shaping Environmental Awareness Through Participatory Filmmaking” which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, implemented by Bophana Center, in collaboration with University of Bath, University of Leeds, Queen’s University Belfast, and Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment (ELIE).