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A Cambodian film premiere & Kep for the weekend

Kep, Cambodia

The magazine is has just gone to print now and for one of my ‘regular pages’, the Last Question (an interview on the back page) I went to talk to Youk Chhang the executive director of a new Cambodian film and director of the documentary centre that researches into Cambodian history. ‘Don’t think I’ve forgotten’ is about Cambodian rock and roll in the 60’s and 70’s before the Khmer Rouge. They found artists that survived the genocide and interviewed them alongside old footage they found. He invited me to the premiere so I went two Saturdays ago with one of my flatmates.

It was such a good film, the theatre was packed out and although at the beginning it took a little long ­- everything had to be translated into English, Khmer and French (worse than the Eurovision!) – it was worth it. The story focused on different artists chronologically then what happened to them during the war.

Here is the trailer:

Click here to watch if you can’t see the video:Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: The Story of Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll from Daniel Littlewood on Vimeo.

For my last weekend away in Cambodia before finishing work next Friday, I went to Kep for the weekend. I went last November with my friend Anne but we didn’t have much time last time and only came to Kep for lunch, so this time I went to just relax.

I stayed at Malibu Estate up in the hills where it was very quiet and peaceful, it was great to get out of the city for a few days. I didn’t go anywhere except from my room to the pool and back again, and out for dinner of course.

On the first night I went to Breezes, a little Dutch-owned restaurant right by the beach. Kep is very quiet so there were only a few other diners, so it was quite surprising to suddenly see five men walk up the sand to the restaurant. It was a politician and his four! bodyguards. The waitress couldn’t remember his name (very discreet) but he must have been pretty important to need four men stand guard around a beach hut in the middle of nowhere…only in Cambodia!

I also had dinner down by the crab market, the main street of restaurants or shacks really, by the sea. It’s a great place to watch the sun go down with a cocktail and see the fisherman haul in their fish traps. Once it’s dark, you can see loads of little headlamps flickering across the water as they go out and collect crabs and shrimp by hand in the shallow water.

Kep

Kep

Dragging the fish traps in just before sunset

Dragging the fish traps in just before sunset

Kep sunset from La Baraka restaurant at the crab market

Kep sunset from La Baraka restaurant at the crab market

Kep sunset from La Baraka restaurant at the crab market

Kep sunset from La Baraka restaurant at the crab market

Fisherman catching shrimp and crab by hand off the coast at Kep

Fisherman catching shrimp and crab by hand off the coast at Kep

The night sky in Kep

The night sky in Kep

Thanks to the wind there were some beautiful clouds too – a perfect relaxing weekend by the sea.

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