September 24, 2021

Press Release “Preservation and Accessibility of Audiovisual Archives of Cambodia”

Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center is pleased to announce the completion of the archival project “Preservation and Accessibility of Audiovisual Archives of Cambodia” funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation via Give2Asia running from 2020-2021.

The project provided great outcomes for students, researchers and general audiences, especially the Cambodian people. Many Cambodian archives have now been preserved through the digitization, stored and backed-up using new technology.

Thanks to this project, the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center has repaired and restored 526 tapes, digitizing 300 hours of footage selected from collections of UNICEF in Cambodia and Rithy Panh. However, there are many more archives to be restored and preserved in the future. In addition to this 300 hour archive, the project also provided Bophana Center with preservation and digitization equipment for future audiovisual-archive preservation projects, and equipped the Center with better storage facilities allowing for the ongoing preservation and backing-up of data and digitized materials from the Center.

The 300 hours of archival material included historical contents of Cambodia such as interviews of former Khmer Rouge cadres and Khmer Rouge survivors, along with scenes of the daily life of Cambodia people at Anlong Veng following the integration of Khmer Rouge in 1998. In addition, there are many scenes showing rural and urban life of Cambodian people during the transitional period of Cambodia under United National Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), and many educational films and public service announcements from the era. These rare and important archives are now available on the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center’s Hanuman database, allowing the national and international researchers, students, filmmakers, archivists and general public to get free access easily and extensively and FREE OF CHARGE at Bophana Center.

 

From Rithy Panh’s collection

Huy and Thy told about the reason why both of them join with Khmer Rouge and the situation of Cambodia political during that time

Huy and Thy told about the reason why both of them join with Khmer Rouge and the situation of Cambodia political during that time

 

Four Cham men at Svay Khleang, Kampong Cham province, told that before Khmer Rouge there were 1200 families and end of Khmer Rouge they were only 72 families

Four Cham men at Svay Khleang, Kampong Cham province, told that before Khmer Rouge there were 1200 families and end of Khmer Rouge they were only 72 families

 

A group of Cham men went to a place near the river, a former Khmer Rouge massacre site at Krouch Chhmar, Kompong Cham province in 2001

A group of Cham men went to a place near the river, a former Khmer Rouge massacre site at Krouch Chhmar, Kompong Cham province in 2001

 

Ta IN explaining the M.13, the secret prison of Khmer Rouge control by Comrade Duch, 2001

Ta IN explaining the M.13, the secret prison of Khmer Rouge control by Comrade Duch, 2001

 

From UNICEF Cambodia’s collection

TV spot of taknig children from birth until 1 year to get 5 vaccination and also the 2 drop of polio vaccine

TV spot of taking children from birth until 1 year to get 5 vaccination and also the 2 drops of polio vaccine

 

The educate spot about use chloramine pellet to clean the water before drink during the flood instead of religion's believe

The educate spot about use chloramine pellet to clean the water before drink during the flood instead of religion’s believe

 

Demining team leader is preparing the ground to determine the depth and specific location of the mine after the team has identified the suspected mine location.

Demining team leader is preparing the ground to determine the depth and specific location of the mine after the team has identified the suspected mine location.

 

The child of Khmer Rouge join the ceremony of Khmer rouge intergration with the government at Anlong Veng, 1998

The child of Khmer Rouge join the ceremony of Khmer rouge integration with the government at Anlong Veng, 1998

 

Traffic in Phnom Penh capitial city of Cambodia in 1994

Traffic in Phnom Penh capital city of Cambodia in 1994

 

The Khmer Rouge army at Anlong Veng are intergration with the government, 1998

The Khmer Rouge army at Anlong Veng is integrated with the government, 1998

 

The abandon tank in Anlong Veng after intergration in 1999

The abandon tank in Anlong Veng after intergration in 1999

Implemented by:
LOGO-PNG

Funded by:

The-Andrew-W-Mellon-Foundation

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