Cambodia Movie Reviews: Holy Lola

A movie set in Cambodia would seem an ideal choice for this week’s review. It would, except for the salient fact that Bertrand Tavernier’s Holy Lola doesn’t contain an awful lot of Cambodia despite being set and filmed here. Neither does it contain a lot of Cambodians. Instead we are…

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Special Events Cambodia Style

One of the more fascinating aspects of Khmer culture is the way they celebrate weddings and funerals and other special events. For a small fee they get a permit to take over public space in front of their property; however, since most properties are rowhouse type – here called shophouses…

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A Month with the Monks

Below are the ramblings of an experience in a Thai monastery. I got nothing of what I expected, and expected nothing of what I got. My time was filled with constant physical pain and suffering, emotional torment, mental anguish, hunger, tiredness, change of lifestyle, new culture and beliefs, happiness, isolation,…

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Selling All Kind of Witches’ Crafts

Ailments cured, missing persons and lost belongings located, curses placed/removed, no job too small, house visits by appointment only – your trusty Cambodian medicine man does it all. Krumeans teacher, but this is about a disunited band of folk who are not giving TEFL classes to kids of upwardly mobile…

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‘The Little Apsara’

She is a perfect form, a little figure, poised in concentration. Her back is arched slightly, her chin raised, her eyes twinkle. Her hands are tiny and her palms are bent back. She raises her right leg and balances. Then she starts to sing. I have seen many startling thing…

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Marrying a Khmer Woman

Lexus or Hovel? It’s important to understand that you are marrying into a family. If they are poor, they will not only smell bad, but bring such matters as ‘buffalo die’ to your attention. Your house will soon fill with relatives you never knew you had, and wish you didn’t….

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