Thavary Meas Bong
Special Event Screening
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.
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
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.
Sat 26 Nov 2022
Viewers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Contains brief violence and mature themes
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