This year, we are scaling up our training with another activity called “Docu Colab”. Our aim is to advance the technical skills of our 2021 alumni to become semi-professionals in documentary skills. After which, they could go back to the communities and serve them with their improved media skills OR be recruited by SFO or its partners in Phnom Penh to pursue their film careers.
Six indigenous fellows from Ratanakiri, Kratie and Kampong Thom, were trained in Phnom Penh for three months (May to June). In this period, they were engaged in the following immersive steps:
Note: In May and June, we screened 2021 documentaries back in Ratanakiri and Kratie. August saw us screening the same content, plus the three newly produced documentaries under Docu Colab. All the 11 films were showcased within the 11th Chaktomuk Short Film Festival (November 2022).
Training in documentary storytelling and editing techniques
Scouting on site for specific topics and protagonists
Docu Cine-Club to watch and discuss other documentaries
Shooting of the actual documentaries with support by technical experts
Editing of their own documentaries
Visits to film institutions based in Phnom Penh
Other activities assigned by SFO/SFA.
We continued to equip our alumni with additional editing skills, in a course conducted in Phnom Penh. This follow-up training was attended by a dozen trainees from 2019. And the rest of the year was disrupted with COVID19 outbreaks in the entire Kingdom.
We attempted to cover more provinces and reach out to as vulnerable groups as indigenous people in Ratanakiri and Kratie. Although our plan was to conduct another series of Docu-FilmCamps in those provinces, only the first one took plane in February as planned. The pandemic affected again our implementation, resulting in a six-month hiatus. Yet, in the mean time, we provided online refresher courses to our Ratanakiri alumni.
Only in November did we manage to complete our yearly activities with another Camp in Kratie. Both Camps trained about 30 participants, half of whom are indigenous and the second half work in IP-related NGOs. By the year end, we produced another eight documentaries with topics such as Kreung ethnic group gongs and wildlife preservation.
provincial documentary workshops
Targeted 04 provinces in Cambodia: Siem Reap, Battambang, Kep, Kampot.
(DFC / Chumrum Ekasar – ជំរំឯកសារ) gathered 30 trainees attend a series of filmmaking lectures making their own short documentaries in Phnom Penh.
The project has evolved through the following activities of 2019:
As a result, both activities has trained over 100 Cambodian youth and produced 13 documentaries, highlighting varied issues from impact of information to environmental effects.
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