"You'd think a house is nothing but walls, windows and roof. But now we have to leave, it’s breaking my heart." Filmmaker Kavich Neang's father is one of the hundreds of residents who must leave the iconic White Building in Phnom Penh. This apartment block saw the rise and fall of the Khmer Rouge and then housed a lively artistic community. Now the once radiant walls are grey and damaged. Demolition looms.

Neang, who was born here, once dreamed of shooting a fiction film here, but reality overtook his plan. It’s now the location for his first full-length documentary. In calm, fixed shots, he registers the activities, worries and emotional moments of his parents and other residents who have to leave. It's reminiscent of the evacuation under Pol Pot, one woman remembers. "But now we have removal trucks." A singer sings a song in her empty room. When the demolition men come, this beautiful world is just a memory. 

Winner NETPAC Award, IFFR 2019.

Screenings

  • Mon 28 Jan Cinerama 4
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  • Tue 29 Jan Pathé 4
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  • Wed 30 Jan Cinerama 3
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  • Thu 31 Jan Pathé 3
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  • Sat 2 Feb LantarenVenster 3
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Filmmaker
Kavich Neang
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Cambodia, France
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
75’
Language
Khmer
Producer
Daniel Mattes, Davy Chou, Marine Arrighi de Casanova
Production Company
Anti Archive, Apsara Films
Sales
Anti Archive
Cinematography
Kavich Neang
Editor
Félix Rehm
Sound Design
Vincent Villa
Music
Vincent Villa