Cambodian Dance and Arts
Amrita Performing Arts, a non-profit organization devoted to reviving the Cambodian artistic heritage, produces classical and contemporary theatre. Its most recent production' Where Elephants Weep", a hip and different Cambodian rock opera, was a sold out performance. For 2009, it is to offer smaller Cambodian productions.
There are not a lot of venues for live music in Phnom Penh. However, the leading spot is Memphis Pub for rock and roll and blues from Tuesday to Saturday and a jam session on Wednesday. Customers of Riverside Bistro get to listen to rock and ballads on selected nights. Across the river, live music is performed at the Titanic Lounge in Bopha Phnom Penh. Occasionally, live rock can be heard at Sharky Bar. Find listings of live music performances in the Bayon Pearnik magazine and the back of the Cambodia daily each Friday.
Cambodia has seen a bit of a revival of interest in movies in the past few years. Most of its movies tend to be slapstick, ghost, period or love stories and are screened in Cambodian and Thai.
The recent screening of Red Sense, a movie in which a young woman identifies her father's Khmer Rouge killer, may signal a new shift in Cambodian cinema. It was screened at Cambofest in Siem Reap in December 2008, after having faced censorship delays. Made by Cambodian director Tim Pek, who lives in Australia, it also won the festival's "Golden Buffalo" .
For English movies, there are private viewing rooms at the Movie Street Video Center whereas the French Cultural Center has frequent French screenings during the week. Listings are available in its monthly programs. Other embassies hold occasional film festivals as well. The Australian Embassy screened half a dozen films at Cinema Lux in December 2008; all screenings were free.