Saom Vansodany Thavary Meas Bong (1969)
Thavary Meas Bong (1969)

ACMI presents

Thavary Meas Bong

Special Event Screening

Korng Chak | Cambodia | 1969 | Unclassified (15+)

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Sat 26 Nov 2022


Most of our early films have disappeared or been destroyed. So we are working to save whatever sounds, images and films of early Cambodia that we can... You cannot build a cultural identity without the images and sounds of your culture.

Filmmaker Rithy Panh, Hollywood Reporter, 10 June 2013

The 1969 film Thavary Meas Bong is a complex story about love and lies. This event is a rare opportunity to view a preserved Cambodian-made film as many were lost during the Khmer Rouge’s regime in the 1970s. 

About Thavary Meas Bong

Thavary Meas Bong (1969) film poster

Directed by Uon Kon Thuok

When Socheat and Thavary got married, they disappointed two other people – Sunny, Thavary's sister, and Sorin, Socheat's friend – because Sunny loves Socheat and Sorin loves Thavary. Sunny and Sorin hatch a plot to break up Socheat and Thavary, by convincing Thavary that she has contracted leprosy, setting off a chain of misunderstandings and tragic events.

Presented with a short film made by emerging Cambodian filmmaker Minea Hen.

Accompanied by a free performance in ACMI’s Fed Square foyer by Australian-Asian rock ‘n’ roll band The Cambodian Space Project.

Thavary Meas Bong has been preserved by the Bophana Audiovisual Research Center based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Format: Digital
Language: Khmer with English subtitles
Runtime: 112 mins

Event duration

112 mins


Unclassified (15+)

Viewers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Contains brief violence and mature themes


Cinema 2, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Film quality note

Due to the rarity of Cambodian films of this period, please note that the screening quality of this film is low.

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