The Acts of Memory program will hold a launch event in Phnom Penh at the Bophana Center on Wednesday, 8 April starting at 5:00pm.
On Wednesday, 8 April, the program launch event will commence at 5:00pm with a traditional Cambodian Buddhist ‘Bang Skol’ prayer ceremony to offer blessings to the spirits of those who died during the Khmer Rouge period. Following the prayers and traditional ‘smot’ (funereal) chanting by music students from Cambodian Living Arts, attendees will be warmly welcomed at 6:00pm by Bophana Center founder Rithy Panh, CLA Executive Director Phloeun Prim and artist Leang Seckon. Following the program introduction, Father François Ponchaud, author of Cambodia: Year Zero and widely credited for first bringing the world’s attention to the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime, will deliver a keynote discussion in Khmer of his experience in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge (English translation will be provided). Following Fr. Ponchaud’s talk, traditional Khmer New Year’s food and refreshments will be free for all guests and members of the community, from 7:30-8:30pm. All are welcome.
In addition to the Acts of Memory program launch, Bophana Center will also unveil a special exhibition on Wednesday, 8 April entitled “Transmissions”.