Monday, October 13, 2008

Latest from DC-Cam

The Documentation Center of Cambodia have just issued their third quarter report for 2008 and it shows they are proceeding at full steam with their project to introduce parts of the book by Khamboly Dy, A History of Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979) into the high school curriculum later next year. Both teacher and student guidebooks are being produced, training arranged for 24 national trainers, who will then train 185 provincial trainers, as well as training for a further 3,000 high school and secondary school teachers. A massive project but an important one to ensure this important period in the country's history receives an appropriate level of focus for all schoolchildren.
The DC-Cam team also recently helped filmmaker Rithy Panh with material for use in a planned documentary film on Khmer Rouge culture, whilst their Museum and Exhibition team are planning a new photo exhibit for Tuol Sleng, entitled Living Hell: Democratic Kampuchea 1978, using photos, film footage and music from an archive of materials of a 14-day visit to Cambodia by the Swedish-Kampuchea Friendship Association in August 1978. The delegation consisted of four delegates, including Gunnar Bergstrom. They were taken to see the Royal Palace, hospitals, factories and cooperatives in Phnom Penh, Kampot, Sihanoukville, Kompong Cham, Kompong Thom and Siem Reap. They met and dined with KR leaders including Pol Pot and Ieng Sary. And now Gunnar Bergstrom has donated his archive to DC-Cam. The exhibit will open at Tuol Sleng on 18 November and then travel around half a dozen provinces for three months at a time. The exhibition will also be shown in Phnom Penh at the Reyum Art Gallery.

Talking of exhibitions, the National Museum in Phnom Penh will this week open a new section on pre-Angkorean stone inscriptions to coincide with a conference on the same topic that the museum is hosting. The inscribed stele will be presented with panels that carry their text translated next to them. It's all part of a project to revamp and enhance the museum's collection and exhibition rooms that include a new lick of paint, enhanced viewing positions for some sculptures and sections arranged by themes and periods.


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