Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center
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.
Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center is pleased to announce it has been awarded a three-year grant of 500,000 USD from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the center’s program “Training tomorrow’s film directors and promoting academic and cultural exchange through Cambodia’s filmmaking” from 2022 to 2025. The program aims at building the capacity
Under the Funding provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), with support from BBC Media Action, the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center implements a project “Visualizing the Mekong: Stimulating Youth’s Participation and Engagement Through Documentary Films” for 12 months from November 2021 to October 2022.
Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center and UNESCO would like to announce that both institutions will work together to implement the project “Building Capacity for Indigenous Youth and Establishing Indigenous Audiovisual Archives Through Wiki-tools in Cambodia”
Through the recruitment of twelve young people who has been trained in co-productive and participatory filmmaking methods for twelve months, as a result, they have delivered three documentary films highlighting exemplary elephant conservation practice, environmental and cultural resources of people in indigenous communities in Mondulkiri province. Read more »
It is a documentary filmmaking and multimedia training which provides a full scholarship to 12 selected candidates. Candidates from rural areas in Cambodia – Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri, and Banteay Mean Chey – were selected, as the program wants to encourage them to shoot films in their own provinces. The aim of the project is to empower […]
Through documenting and sharing the personal stories of survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime, the project aims to encourage youth to learn the past, and elder people to transmit their message to the younger generation, focusing on the importance of “acts of memory” for Cambodian people to move forward.
Phka Sla Krom Angkar is the only proposed judicial reparation project that addresses the harm suffered by men and women as a result of forced marriages, and it aims to help make the ECCC’s historic hearing on sexual and gender-based violence under the Khmer Rouge regime accessible to communities.
One Dollar is a participatory web documentary taking root in Cambodia. The project connects emerging filmmakers around the world under a common goal to share unique accounts of individuals living with limited resources. These short, five to seven-minute videos were produced on a local, grassroots level, and we publish them for the world to see. The […]
Designed to promote appropriate technology for smallholders to increase food security among indigenous peoples, the project has been named in short Annâdya, which in Sanskrit means “the happiness to eat enough food”. Annâdya focuses on three axes: the improvement of agricultural production and productivity; the improvement of beneficiaries’
Holding a prominent position in the Bophana Center’s productions are the documentaries directed by young Cambodians trained in-house. These documentaries were nominated and awarded in many international festivals, including Sundance, DocHouse, FIFDH, Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival, etc. They have all contributed to enhance the center’s reputation worldwide. Red Wedding in particular was awarded best medium-length documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) in 2012.
Cambodian and international professionals conduct practical workshops to train future technicians and film directors. Once the training is completed, we invite them to participate in our in-house film productions to improve their professional skills. The Bophana Center therefore helps structure and professionalize Cambodia’s film and broadcasting industry.
The Bophana Center Production also aims at generating income and ensuring the sustainability of our activities. By offering a range of quality services (including production, shooting materials rental, and post-production) as well as skilled professionals, our studio addresses a specific need in the industry.
Our productions help to revive Cambodia’s musical and radio heritage. Our first musical project was called “Street Melodies”. We recorded street performers, while Cambodia was undergoing major transformation. “Cambodian Forgotten Songs”, which was published in several volumes, was produced following the discovery of an old version published in France in the early twentieth century. We invited experts and Cambodian musicians to resuscitate these old tunes. With “Back to Rock”, we gave new life to Khmer rock songs from the 1960-70s. Jacques Brunet’s recordings also allowed us to present the “Reamker”, which at the time was told by famous Ta Krut... Thanks to all the records we produce and distribute throughout the country, our Cambodian heritage reappeared on the radio, in the countryside, or during traditional festivals.