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Movie | The Man Who Built Cambodia

Hosted by the Consul of the Bangkok Culture Group
Culture & Entertainment
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Took place 1 month ago
Thu 24 May 19:30 - 21:00

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THE MAN WHO BUILT CAMBODIA is a narrative documentary exploring the life of Vann Molyvann, an architect whose work came to represent a new identity for a country emerging from independence, and whose incredible story encompasses Cambodia’s turbulent journey as a modern nation. In Cambodia’s post-independence period Molyvann was at the centre of a renaissance, developing a distinctive architectural style, New Khmer Architecture, that completely changed the face of Cambodia. Then in Protected content , at his creative peak, Cambodia’s political landscape disintegrates, forcing him to flee as the Khmer Rouge plunges the country into genocide and civil war. Finally returning in the Protected content , Molyvann finds a different country than the one he left. He’s marginalized from public life and many of his works are destroyed or neglected. Today, like many countries is Asia, Cambodia is developing rapidly and unevenly. The film follows Vann Molyvann in the final year of his life as he reflects on the country he’s put so much of himself into. At the heart of THE MAN WHO BUILT CAMBODIA is Vann Molyvann’s lifelong engagement with the identity of the Khmer people, and his attempt to create a unique architectural style that gives modern expression to that identity.
After the film, Christopher would like to present a few ideas for active discussion.
1) Vann Molyvann’s “Palm Upward” approach and the architecture of possibility
2) Modern and Traditional as part of a continuum
3) Role of architecture is defining identity