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Ith Sarin, who asked that his face not be shown, at his home in Siem Reap.

The game-changer that wasn’t: Meeting the reclusive man behind what may be the first written record from inside the Khmer Rouge

Publication date 23 February 2018 | 02:20 | ICT

The nearest neighbour to Ith Sarin’s villa in Siem Reap is about five minutes away, and that’s no coincidence.



  • The opening of last year’s Cambodia International Film Festival at Chaktomuk Theater. Keo Rattana

    Cambodian International Film Festival marks 8th year

    Publication date 23 February 2018 | 02:16 | ICT

    The Cambodian International Film Festival returns in early March for its eighth edition, with more than 130 films scheduled over six days and the expected attendance of more than 70 filmmakers from 16 countries.

  • Rathna, a piece from Mexican artist Fernando Aceves Humana’s new exhibition Travel Diary, opening tonight at Meta House.

    Bringing a lithograph studio to life

    Publication date 22 February 2018 | 09:22 | ICT

    When Fernando Aceves Humana, 48, first left Mexico a decade ago to come to live and work in Southeast Asia, the move was to overcome his shyness about his art, and to be able to set up and paint anywhere, at any moment, without rese

  • Hard work put into roadside snack favourite kralan

    Publication date 21 February 2018 | 09:22 | ICT

    With its subtle flavour and compact packaging, kralan seems like a simple but satisfying snack, but making it is a laborious process for those who stake their livelihoods on it.

  • Bokator Twins, featuring martial artist sisters Phany and Sophanin, is the feature painting at the exhibition. Photo supplied

    Paintings present an outsider's take on Cambodia

    Publication date 16 February 2018 | 11:26 | ICT

    Painter Julia Haw is unequivocal about her new exhibition: “This is the strongest body of work I’ve made,” she said Wednesday, just before bringing her collection of paintings from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.

  • A statue of a 13th-century seated Buddha at Tep Pranam, a terrace in Angkor Thom. Tun Puthpiseth

    Tracing the roots of Buddhism in Cambodia

    Publication date 12 February 2018 | 07:27 | ICT

    Theravada Buddhism has been the dominant religion in Cambodia since the 13th century, but exactly how it arrived in the Kingdom remains a burning question for researchers like Dr Tun Puthpiseth.

  • Sancha Bakery owner Marika Okuda at her new shop in Russian Market on Street 454.

    Baking with love is key to success at Sancha

    Publication date 09 February 2018 | 08:10 | ICT

    Around 7 in the morning, at the newly opened second branch of Bagel & Bakery Sancha in Russian Market, owner Mariko Okuda is behind the counter in a chef’s hat and apron alongside two of her local staff members.

  • Takakazu Yamada and Chhan Dina pose with paintings of market life to be on display beginning this evening at The Plantation, and running until March 19.

    Exhibition to showcase life in Cambodia’s markets

    Publication date 08 February 2018 | 08:27 | ICT

    Japanese painter Takakazu Yamada and local artist Chhan Dina unveil their new exhibition tonight – a series of paintings around the theme of Cambodian markets.

  • Toun Socheat earlier this week with a pair of dao, or Khmer swords. Socheat began making the decorative weapons three years ago for himself before deciding to turn his craftwork into a business.

    The 26-year-old bringing Cambodian history to life through swords

    Publication date 07 February 2018 | 08:18 | ICT

    Three years have passed since Toun Socheat got his degree in laboratory medicine. But these days, instead of analysing blood, he focuses on making and preserving weapons once used to shed it.

  • Cover of The Royal House of Cambodia, which launched on Friday at the Templation Hotel in Siem Reap.

    Updated edition provides insight into lives and lineage of Cambodia’s royals

    Publication date 05 February 2018 | 07:15 | ICT

    Fifteen years after the publication of the first edition of The Royal House of Cambodia, royal biographer Julio A Jeldres has released an update, revealing new details about the life of King Norodom Sihamoni, and a first lo

  • Neary Adeline Hay in Rotterdam earlier this month.

    Documentary follows a survivor’s attempt to reconcile with his past

    Publication date 02 February 2018 | 07:12 | ICT

    Neary Adeline Hay’s decision to study art in university was an act of defiance against her parents.