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First They Killed My Father - A Film by Angelina Jolie

After knowing the release announcement of Jailbreak movie - the biggest Cambodian action film at the end of this month that I have already planned to watch, now this new movie 'First They Killed My Father' which was directed by one of my favorite Hollywood actresses, Angelina Jolie, whom most of Cambodian movie-lovers also know well, I have to arrange my schedule to watch it in February.


Before getting to know the film a bit more, have you ever read a book 'First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers' by Ms. Loung Ung? If you did that is great but if not, and still interested, you can find it on Amazon. Honestly, I have never read it neither.

According to the official Facebook page, Netflix is proud to announce that the Cambodian premiere of the film will take place on 18th February in Cambodia. The premiere will be followed by other screenings around the country. Director Angelina Jolie is delighted to be returning to Cambodia, to fulfill her promise to premiere the film first for Cambodian people. The film, shot entirely in the Khmer language and with a Cambodian cast, was made for and by the Cambodian people. Angelina is looking forward to sharing this moment with them, alongside Loung Ung, whose story is told in the film, and her fellow producer Rithy Panh - his film 'The Missing Picture' got in the list of the 2014 Oscar Nominees.

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About the Film
First They Killed My Father (or in Khmer: មុនដំបូងខ្មែរក្រហម សម្លាប់ប៉ារបស់ខ្ញុំ) is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old. The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years. The film was shot on location in Cambodia, between November 2015 and February 2016. It was filmed entirely in the Khmer language, and is the largest movie ever made in the country. The cast is made up entirely of Cambodian actors. Cambodian technicians, artisans and crafts people comprised the largest portion of the crew, along with more than 3,500 Cambodian background actors.
It is the largest movie ever made in the country, Cambodia.
Watch (clip): Director's & Producer's views, and some highlight scenes of the film



You also can see some of the behind-the-scene slide photos that photographed by Sabay News team.
 

How to Watch it?

  • Save your date on February 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm and buy the ticket to watch it at any nearby theatres in Cambodia.
  • Or watch it online (any device, anywhere and anytime): you have to wait for the official release on Netflix movies on September 15, 2017 (maybe, as mentioned on the Facebook page), and you have to subscribe for monthly service on Netflix Cambodia (the fee starting from Basic $7.99, Standard $9.99, and Premium $11.99 per month) with two type of payment methods (Credit cards: Visa, Master, AMEX, and Paypal).
You have known the release date in Cambodia and for online streaming already so which way you will choose to watch? Will you really want to watch it?

For me, I will go to watch at the cinema. Hope to see you there in Phnom Penh city!

Have something to share, please drop it in the comment below.

First They Killed My Father Movie to Screen on February 18, 2017 in Cambodia

Happy New Year 2017 - E-card by Chamnan

The time flies, the year 2016 will say good-bye to the new year of 2017 on December 31, 2016 at 11:59:59. That is why almost every year, I write this new-year message for you.

Let say "Happy New Year 2017" to all beloved readers, my friends and families who have been reading my blog and supporting me so far. To take this occasion, I would like to wish you and your family happiness, prosperity, and success in your business for the upcoming New Year 2017.

READ: Happy New Year 2016

Please the Year of 2017 be blessed you all the best for the whole year through. Enjoy your New Year's End with your beloved ones together!. Need this e-card in higher resolution? Get it here (Free to use).
The New Year 2017, The Year of  The Rooster
Where will you plan to celebrate or visit for this New Year 2017? Have something to wish? Kindly share or drop your COMMENT NOW!

Happy New Year 2017 [Greeting Card]

Jailbreak Movie Poster

Are you waiting for the release schedule of Cambodian action movie, Jailbreak? Do you want to see Khmer traditional martial arts featured in this movie?

In my previous post about the Jailbreak movie, it is the biggest Cambodian action blockbuster that you should wait to watch at the end of next month. 


After produced 'Jailbreak' in two years, Mr. Jimmy Henderson, Director, told Sabay News that it spends more than USD 300,000 with nearly 100 stunt performers, and some parts of technical production took to Malaysia for high quality film in order to expose Cambodian cinemas abroad.

The movie is scheduled to premiere in theatres on January 31, 2017 ahead.

Here's a brief summary of Jailbreak:
  • Language: Khmer
  • Subtitle: English
  • Release Date: January 31, 2017 (Cambodia)
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy
  • Running Time: 90 Minutes
  • Produced by: Kongchak Pictures
  • Distributor: Westec Media Limited
  • Cast: Jean-Paul Ly, Dara Our, Savin Phillip, Céline Tran, Tharoth Sam, Sirivudh Sisowath, and more 
  • Director: Jimmy Henderson
  • Format: 2D

READ: The First Martial Arts Stunt Team In Cambodia

Watch: Jailbreak - the first official teaser trailer (HD)


“Playboy” is an important key to find the secret gang leader of the “Butterflies” behind all the dark business, he is sent into the secure Prey Kla Prison. To escort him, Police Officer from France Mr. Ly and his supportive partners from Cambodia Officer Dara, Socheat and Tharoth. After a prisoner rebellion the groups gets trapped in the prison. What will happen to all the police in Prey Kla? What fate will Playboy get when all the prisoners are looking forward to killing him? Will they escape or die?

READ: [Video] The Beauty of Battambang City

[Update]: Watch JAILBREAK Official Trailer (HD)


Do you like this movie, and will you watch it? Bookmark your calendar on the 31.01.2017 in cinemas. For more details, check out the Jailbreak’s official website or Facebook page.

The Jailbreak Movie Will be Released on January 31, 2017

Cambodian Stunt Team
A group photo after Jailbreak movie training on May 21, 2016. Source: Cambodian Stunt Team's Facebook Page
Cambodia has become a part of film spot interested by the foreign filmmakers?. If you used to watch 'TRANSFORMERS 3 : Dark side of the moon', you would notice that part of the movie was shot at Angkor temple. Not only this foreign movie but also other ones such as Lara Croft : Tomb Raider, Almayer's Folly, Same Same But Different, The Sea Wall, City of Ghosts, Holy Lola, Two Brothers, R Point etc., according to The Cambodia Film Commission.
Recently, the number of local films have been produced more and more, and in those there is also action movie category, and I think that the action films gaining more popular nationwide among other categories but it still faced some challenges on finding the stunt team to support.

SEE ALSO: The Cambodian Action Movie 'Jailbreak' You Should Watch

Seeing this opportunity, a group of Bokator team has created a professional Bokator stunt team, Cambodian Stunt Team, whose already filmed in several movies in Cambodia. They come from many Bokator training schools  - with the main purpose is very simple, they just want to change and improve action film in Cambodia.

Let’s have a look how good they are. You can watch the video below:



Are you interested in joining their team or hiring for your project? Please keep in touch with them on the official Facebook page.

The First Martial Arts Stunt Team In Cambodia

GoogleLocalGuidesScreenshot

Are you a traveller or an explorer who likes helping others find the best spots in town, and making new friends around the world?

If yes, I personally recommend you to join a new Google's community program, Google Local Guides, which was publicly announced in the blog post on November 13, 2015.

Local Guides is a global community of explorers who share photos, answer local questions, add or fix places, and write reviews on Google Maps. Millions of people rely on contributions like yours to decide where to go and what to do.
If you are asking me any reasons to join this Google Local Guides? For me, I have five reasons to join:

1. Contribute to society 
Since I have known the power of Google Maps, I always use it for my travel and then I have been starting to contribute in order to promote the local places thru adding new places, photos, reviews, and editing information, mostly in Cambodia, to the world. Helping others mean you help your society too.

2. Help others find the best places
As a local guide, I can help other people find where to go and what to do based on my own experiences, and not only I always help others but also they can help me find the best new places that I will plan to go and to do. Millions of people rely on contributions like mine to decide where to go and what to do.

SEE ALSO: Google's Year in Search 2015

3. Get benefits from Google
Once you sign up, every place you contribute to in Google Maps earns you points towards unlocking something new—from early access to new products to exclusive contests and events (Local Guides Level 5 Summit etc.), bonus Drive storage, and more. Honestly, I am one of level 5 local guides in Cambodia, so those benefits I had already - it's your turn!.

You can earn points and level up (level 1 to 5) by writing reviews, uploading photos, adding new places, fixing outdated information, and answering simple questions. Each contribution type is worth one point, so you can earn up to five points per place. Read more on the official help.

4. Make new friends
Thousands of people joining the community at everywhere Google Maps is available. Due to the recent introduction to new community forum for local guides, Local Guides Connect - a new way for us to start conversations, swap local tips, and plan meet-ups with a friendly community of fellow explorers in our areas. It is a good chance to keep in touch, even face-to-face, and make new friends with other local guides in the globe.

5. Keep connected with Googlers
You want to say hi or ask questions to Googlers (Local Guides team)? You can make it on Local Guides Connect so easily. They are friendly to help reply to your questions, I think :-).

What are your reasons to join the program? Share it in the comment below! 

5 Reasons You Should Join Google Local Guides

The Beauty of Battambang City

Have you ever visited Battambang province? What are your places of interest?

Battambang located in the northwestern of Cambodia which contains 14 districts, 92 communes, and 800 villages. It is the second most popular city in the country after Phnom Penh. The provincial capital, also Battambang, has always been a popular destination for its nearby ancient temples, French colonial architecture, bamboo train, traditional Cambodian houses, Khmer Rouge period killing fields, and Buddhist shrines. Th town is at the heart of Cambodia's 'rice bowl', and it maintains an untouched, bucolic feel.

Places of interest include Phnom Sampeu, a hill with caves of Buddha statues; the 12th Century Prasat Snung, Wat Banan, an Angkorian temple now occupied as a Buddhist shrine; Wat Baydamram where thousands of fruit bats reside, Wat Ek Phnom, Kamping Puoy reservoir, and Banan grape-wine farms, according to the official tourism of Cambodia.

To show you as mentioned above, I have found two videos that showed the beauty of this city through normal and drone videography:

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Video #1  titled 'The City of Battambang - Memory of the Old Time' that made by @homePhotography & Media Professional Studio. The places were highlighted such as Maison Wat Kor Boutique Hotel, Provincial Hall, Provincial National Bank, Sangke River, Phsar Nath Market, Grape Farm, and Bamboo train, Nori. Watch it out!


Video #2 titled 'Battambang Adventures by Drone' that made by MyAirControl. The highlighted places include Lok Ta Dambang Kronhoung, Sangke River, Provincial Hall, Phsar Nath Market, Rice Field, Banan Temple, Phnom Sampov, Wat Damrey Sor, and Bamboo train, Nori. Watch it out!


Sharing the beauty of city through words and videos are not enough, so you should go and get experienced there by yourself.

SEE ALSO: The First Flea Market in Cambodia

Has something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

The Beauty of Battambang City [Video]

 
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