The other day, leaving my usual cyber cafe in Phsar Tapang, the nice breeze cooling the heat of the street made me think: if I was just a little less busy, and if I could stop worrying about money, I would be truly happy here. But coming back to my apartment, even these little things went flying through the window, leaving only a genuine joy. ……
Davy Chou: film-making teacher
Davy Chou is a young French filmmaker and producer, whose parents were born in Cambodia. Between 2001 and 2004, he managed a film and video workshop for high school students. In 2005 he founded CQN Productions, which produced 9 short films. Davy Chou produced three of them himself. He also launched an international digital film festival the same year, Festival des Nouveaux Cinémas (www.nouveaucine.com), the fifth anniversary of which was just recently celebrated. He has worked from January 2007 to December 2008 at Studio 37, Orange France Telecom’s branch for movie production.
In 2007 he directed his first professional short film, Davy Chou’s first film, and his second short film Expired, shot during his first trip in Cambodia, was selected at International Film Festival Entrevues de Belfort 2008.
In 2008, the short film Girls of fire, on which he was production manager, was selected at the International Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival.
He has developed a filmmaking workshop in Phnom Penh, and is now preparing an exhibition and a documentary film about the golden era of Cambodian films in the 60s and the 70s, as his grandfather, Van Chann, was one of the greatest producers in that time in Cambodia.
Read Lady Penh for the whole article by Mr. Davy Chou, a young film-maker, whose grandfather was one of the most famous Cambodian film-producers in the 1960s. He has been in Cambodia for several months, bringing together 60 students to make one film called Twin Diamonds, to be screened at some Cinemas in two weeks’ time. And, another exhibition about the Cambodian cinemas prospering in the 1960s will take off early October. Keep your eyes on him and his films. 😉