Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, governed by an association – ARPAA, strives to become a leading non-profit and non-governmental archive center in the country and region in terms of reviving memory of the country and fostering Cambodian culture through arts and multimedia. To reconstruct the memory of Cambodia, the center implements the following missions:
Save and Resuscitate Yesterday’s and Today’s Memories : Cambodian memories have been destroyed by three decades of war. Collecting film and audiovisual archives will help Cambodians to gradually restore this priceless heritage, and will enable them to understand their past, build their present and invent their future. The archive collection first started in France and then spread to other countries and to Cambodia. All the collected documents, which are sometimes restored at the Bophana Center, are made available to the public in a trilingual database (French, English, and Khmer). These archives are also brought to life by animations the center organizes. They include conferences, debates, exhibitions, and workshops, enabling these documents to be shared with different audiences, while promoting exchange and reflection.
Train the Technicians and Film Directors of Tomorrow : In Cambodia, 70 percent of the population is under 30. This highly connected youth is not only exposed to a huge amount of images; it also craves for the opportunity to express itself. Unfortunately, there is no real training for filmmaking and broadcasting careers in Cambodia
To encourage critical eye and promote a quality Cambodian film production, the Bophana Center trains young people in filmmaking and broadcasting techniques. Thanks to their professional training, they have the skills to work with local and foreign directors.
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