យប់មិញបងឃើញអូនញញឹម | Kavich Neang | Cambodia, France | 2019 | 78 minutes
One decade after Cambodia’s independence and amid a movement of New Khmer Architecture, the Municipal Apartments, also known as the White Building, were constructed. The housing block bore witness to a tremendous series of events: the young nation’s Golden Age; a traumatic breakdown under a radical regime; decades of cultural revival centered within its walls; and the rapid pace of capitalist development that ultimately led to its demise. Upon learning that the residing families of the White Building have agreed to vacate the building for a condo development, director Kavich Neang, who was raised inside its walls, films the final days of the historic modernist structure amid its demolition. He documents the departure of his own family and two long-time neighbors, as well as the other residents, as they move out from the greying white building, and bid farewell to the place they long called home. Only memory remains.
Docs By The Sea 2017
NETPAC Award, World Premiere
Bright Future Competition
Special Jury Prize
Special Jury Award
Los Angeles Asian
Pacific Film Festival
Graham Foundation for
Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
BIFF Mecenat Fund
Asian Network of
International Promotion Fund
Next Masters Support
Kavich Neang was raised in Phnom Penh’s landmark White Building. He made short films, both documentary: A Scale Boy (2011) and Where I Go (2013), and fiction: Three Wheels (2015), Goodbye Phnom Penh (2015), and New Land Broken Road (2018). In 2013, he joined Busan’s Asian Film Academy, and in 2014, he co-founded Anti-Archive. In 2019, his documentary Last Night I Saw You Smiling premiered and won the NETPAC Award at IFFR. He will shoot his debut narrative feature, Building, this year.
Davy Chou is a French-Khmer filmmaker and producer. In 2009, he established a film workshop in Cambodia and in 2014, he co-founded Cambodian production company Anti-Archive. As a filmmaker, he has gained attention with Golden Slumbers (2011, Berlinale Forum, Busan) and Diamond Island (2016, SACD Award, Cannes Critics’ Week). With Anti-Archive, he has produced all of Kavich Neang’s recent work, as well as A Million Years and Waxing Moon.
Daniel Mattes is an American researcher, writer, and producer. Since 2012, he has monitored and researched the proceedings before the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia with a Stanford University-based research center. He recently made his first steps in production, as the producer of Kavich Neang’s films, and as project coordinator for the 3 short films under the Echoes from Tomorrow portfolio. He also co-wrote Building, Kavich Neang’s narrative feature debut.
MARINE ARRIGHI DE CASANOVA
Marine Arrighi de Casanova created Apsara Films alongside Isabelle Tillou and Lucie Borleteau in 2013. She produced the features Fidelio, Alice’s Odyssey, by Lucie Borleteau (Locarno, 2014) and Whatever Happened to My Revolution (Jury Prize in Angoulême, 2018) by Judith Davis. With Kavich Neang, she has produced his short films, Three Wheels and Goodbye Phnom Penh, and she is currently co-producing Building along with multiple other features.