Press Release – Donation to the Bophana Center

Cambodge & Culture : Centre Bophana, l’histoire du Ballet Royal et la vie de S.A.R Buppha Devi bientôt accessibles au public

 

Le Centre Bophana a reçu cette semaine une donation de plusieurs dizaines de cassettes vidéo d’archives contenant, entre autres, une série sur le Ballet Royal cambodgien et la vie de la regrettée princesse Buppha Devi.

Christophe Gargiulo et Chea Sopheap

 

Outres les 11 épisodes de 26 minutes chacun préalablement diffusées sur les chaînes locales CTN et CNC il y a une quinzaine d’années, les rushs originaux des interviews de la princesse, de ses danseuses et de son entourage ont également été données au centre. A cela s’ajoute également quelques documentaires « oubliés » tels l’ouverture du premier marché de nuit à Siem Reap, le marathon de Kep en 2007, les premiers spectacles d’Angkor, le premier festival photo de Phnom Penh et bien d’autres encore qui raviront certainement les amateurs d’archives et d’histoire.

En tout plusieurs dizaines d’heures de documentaires et rushes sur le pays qui vont être traitées par le centre et qui feront l’objet de diffusions ou s’inscriront dans d’autres projets de Bophana.

« Nous sommes ravis de ce geste, en particulier pour les films concernant la princesse, j’ai pu visionner quelques séquences lors du transfert des cassettes en digital et certaines sont plutôt belles », déclarait Chea Sopheap le directeur du centre.

Le réalisateur qui nous a donné ces films, Christophe Gargiulo, nous a aussi donné libre accès à sa photothèque sur le Ballet Royal et il est probable que nous en exposerons quelques-unes lors du prochain Festival International du Film du Cambodge.

 

« A ces débuts, Bophana diffusait déjà quelques-uns de mes films et je suis vraiment heureux aujourd’hui de pouvoir contribuer à leur démarche de sauvegarde du patrimoine audio-visuel. Nous essaierons de proposer un condensé de 26 minutes de la série sur le Ballet et la princesse pour le prochain festival du film. Pour la série complète, j’aimerais qu’un jour il soit possible de l’avoir en anglais et français car elle est actuellement en langue khmère », indique M.Gargiulo, plus connu aujourd’hui pour le magazine Cambodge Mag mais qui a eu auparavant une carrière de producteur réalisateur et dont quelques séries ont été diffusés sur les différentes chaînes France Télévisions et,via le réseau MediaCorp, au Japon, à Singapour et en Corée du Sud.

A propos

Co-fondé par le réalisateur cambodgien Rithy Panh, le Centre Bophana collecte des documents audio-visuels portant sur le Cambodge, et offre au public un accès libre aux données numériques constituant cet héritage unique. La qualité et la diversité de la base de données attire un public large et varié d’enseignants, d’étudiants, chercheurs, touristes, ONG et journalistes. Ces archives sont également mises en valeur à travers les conférences, débats, expositions et ateliers de formation organisés par le Centre. Bophana forme aussi des jeunes Cambodgiens dans le cinéma, l’audio-visuel et les nouveaux médias, inspirant ainsi des productions significatives sur leur propre culture. Lieu d’échanges et d’interaction, le centre Bophana soutient également la création sous toutes ses formes en accueillant des artistes : nous créons les archives de demain.


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).