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Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center

LocationCambodia

Issue AreaArts & Culture

Amount NeededGeneral Support Needed

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Preserving Culture through Film

Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, (founded as the Association pour la recherche, la production et l’archivage des documents audiovisuels in 2005), is a leading non-profit and non-governmental archive center, committed to reviving the memory of Cambodia and fostering Cambodian culture through arts and multimedia. This memory and culture have been nearly destroyed by three decades of war and genocide. Aiming to reconstruct the memory of Cambodia, under the term “Save and Resuscitate Yesterday’s and Today’s Memories”, Bophana Center collects and safeguards audiovisual archives of Cambodia including films, photos and sound archives from around the world; provides public access to this audiovisual heritage; and trains youths in filmmaking to facilitate freedom and artistic expression and for archiving the country. These efforts will help Cambodians to gradually restore this priceless heritage, and will enable them to understand their past, build their present and invent their future.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, and like other institutions in Cambodia, Bophana Center has complied with restrictions which required the closure of public spaces, work places and the suspension of outdoor projects which are the main sources of the Center’s income. As a result, the Center struggled to cover basic monthly expenses to pay for staff salaries, utilities, and other core expenses.

As Bophana begins to re-open, staff are returning and we are exploring ways to re-start our programs.  Your donation at this critical moment is urgently needed and will help the Center survive the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus pandemic and the resulting national and global shutdown.

Your generous donation will have a significant impact here at Bophana: it will make it possible to continue Bophana Center’s vital work, keep staff, and through their efforts, have an impact on many aspects of life here in Cambodia, with students, indigenous communities, and a host of other groups.

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