The Cambodia Film Commission and Cine Hub are directly across from the department of cinema and cultural diffusion. Visible down the road is the Bophana Audiovisual Center. (Josephine Baliling)

Cinema Street: Heritage-Rich Thoroughfare Dreams of Renaissance

Most people traveling down Phnom Penh’s St. 200 see it as just another unassuming thoroughfare; a small stretch they breeze past on their way to someplace else. But Chandara So sees it differently. He sees it as the exciting center of a new Cambodian film renaissance.

Chhorn Chanvireak, who goes by Kru Athan, in a photo posted to his Facebook page.

Ancient Martial Art Sprouts Green Shoots Among New and Old

A l’bokator master’s wife is compiling her late husband’s writings into a book; pagodas are opening their gates to Cambodia’s ancient, spirituality-infused martial art; and officials are looking for world-heritage status and pushing a modernized version as an Olympic sport.

Srey Bandaul, co-founder of Phare Ponleu Selpak, stands among sculptures and paintings in a gallery, in a photo provided by Phare.

Artist, Phare School Founder Dies From Covid-19 at Age 49

Srey Bandaul, 49, one of the founders of world-renowned art school Phare Ponleu Selpak, died from Covid-19 on Wednesday evening. “He passionately believed in arts as a tool to heal. Arts healed him and made him a more peaceful person. He truly embodied the arts,” the school’s director said.

Al-Serkal Mosque in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on September 11, 2020, the day it was allowed to reopen after a six-month ban on religious gatherings. (Matt Surrusco/VOD)

At Reopened Phnom Penh Mosque, Tape on the Floor Marks the Spot to Pray

At Phnom Penh’s Al-Serkal Mosque, the faded paper notice announcing the closure of the mosque due to coronavirus concerns was still affixed to the front door. But despite the sign, the door was reopened to worshippers for the first time in six months on Friday.