February 2, 2024

Press Release for the Implement of the Project “The Arts of Visibility and Positive Social Change”

Date: December 26, 2023

Greetings from Bophana Center!

In this special edition of our newsletter, we are excited to share the remarkable achievements of our indigenous trainees who have been part of the “The Arts of Visibility and Positive Social Change” project. This initiative is a testament to the power of film in bringing about positive social change and preserving the rich heritage of indigenous communities.

 

A Day to Remember: Certificate Ceremony

The Bophana Center had the honor of organizing a certificate ceremony on December 26, 2023, to celebrate the accomplishments of our trainees. The event was presided over by H.E. Mr. Duch Chanto, Deputy Governor of Ratanakirri Province, and witnessed by a host of dignitaries, including honored guests from provincial departments, organizations, donors, teachers, students, youth, and the proud parents of our trainees, along with the protagonists of our documentary films.

Empowering Indigenous Voices

Our project, co-implemented with the Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO) and generously supported by Voice through Oxfam in Cambodia, the Ford Foundation, and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Cambodia, has been a journey of empowerment and creativity. Over 21 months, starting from April 2022, our 21 trainees have immersed themselves in the world of documentary filmmaking, resulting in the production of 31 films that beautifully capture the essence of indigenous traditions, customs, culture, language, and daily life.

From Learning to Leading

The success stories emerging from this program are inspiring. Several of our indigenous youths, equipped with skills honed at the Bophana Center, are now making their mark in the film and multimedia sectors. Their journey from learners to leaders in these fields is a source of immense pride for us. Others continue their education, pursuing their passion as independent filmmakers, contributing their unique voices and perspectives to the broader narrative.

Mobile Cinema: A Journey Beyond Borders

The Mobile Cinema Program, a cornerstone of our initiative, has played a crucial role in bringing these documentaries to a wider audience. This program is not just about screenings; it’s about creating a space for dialogue, understanding, and appreciation of the rich cultural tapestry of indigenous communities. It’s about bridging gaps and building connections through the powerful medium of film.

Looking Forward

As we celebrate these achievements, we also look to the future with excitement. The journey of our trainees and the impact of the Mobile Cinema Program are just the beginning. We are committed to continuing our work in using film as a catalyst for social change, cultural preservation, and community engagement.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our partners, donors, and supporters. Your belief in our vision and mission has been the driving force behind our success.

Stay connected for updates on our upcoming Mobile Cinema screenings and other projects.

With gratitude,