High School’s Love Story: Cambodia’s Gay Film

Cambodia's first-ever movie about gay love, but second movie about homosexual love
Cambodia’s first-ever movie about gay love, but second movie about same-sex love

Picture by Sok Chanphal

I was sort of amazed when I saw this new graphically designed poster of this first-ever movie about gay love “High School’s Love Story”. Cambodia nowadays seems to be into same sex love, doesn’t it? πŸ™‚ Another movie about homosexual lovers hit Cambodia’s film market not long ago in April 2009, drawing thousands of audience. It was entitled “Who am I?” Mrs. Poan Phuong Bopha, the film’s writer,Β  said that her film was successful beyond what she expected. And I was one of the audiences, and liked the theme and how she structured the story. However, the producing process and stars ‘ performance, in my opinion, have not improved much.

In Clogosphere (Cambodian blogosphere), I notice there’s a growing trend of Khmer blogs about gay novels. I see Cambodian kids and youngsters are trying to express themselves through stories they write for others to see and also explain people difficulties of being gay and their current status in society.Β  Gay novels they write are often sad because the characters, both men, always end up apart. Why? I used to read one American gay novel, which I found quite interesting. Society apparently condemns gay and lesbians, but they are a minority of people needed to be heard.

For a quick look, go to read some stories by this kid who blogs in Khmer. And, this is a Khmer Gay Novels blog in English.

Certainly, I am going forward to watching “High School’s Love Story”. I don’t really think this is a new issue. Gay and lesbians have always been in Cambodia. I understand why they have been hiding themselves from society. A lot of discrimination is going on everywhere against homosexuals or same-sex lovers. Gay and lesbians should really have their own rights to express themselves in whatever way. Just because they are, like everybody else, human beings.

46 thoughts on “High School’s Love Story: Cambodia’s Gay Film”

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  2. @Khmengtouch: bong orkun for reading this article…yes your blog link is there..keep up your good work ^_^
    @hello khun Thai: I don’t know if you are Thai or Cambodian…but you are welcome thank you ^_^

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  4. Can anybody tell me where I can find or download that movie? I think it’s very interesting that Cambodia has gay themed movie. Thanks, anyway!

  5. Hi P: I don’t think it has been finished being made. Let’s wait. I’ll do an update on it if the film’s released. ok? πŸ™‚

  6. Oh, really??? I just can’t wait to see this film. Honestly, I’m a gay who’s not brave enough to persuade people to support gays and lesbians. By now, can anyone tell me when will it be released?? It’ll be on TV or in theatre??
    My email address is [email protected]
    Thanks in advance!

  7. i have ever seen “who m I?”movie,too. It’s a nice movie. Do someone think girls and girls love each other is a mistake?
    thanks for reading my blog.

  8. What is the purpose of making this film, to show up about the next generation gay life that should be valued openly as other countries or whatelse, pls kindly advise?

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  10. I have never watched the movie about gay or lesbian. However, I would applause to Khmer films of any story. I hope some day Khmer film will arise.

  11. some story girl love girl but this story boy love boy it is very wonderful and interested i think this story is very famous and i like it

  12. i support to show this story,cos i think in cambodia have no story like this,by the way,is the new story,i hope have alot of people like and support

  13. Good Evening, I write from Italy. I read your magazine on the KON interesting review of the movie “High School’s Love Story.” You could give me information about purchasing the film on DVD? Thanks for your kind reply. Best regards.

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