Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post on Trent Walker’s new blog and videos of Smot performances, comes today’s article in the Phnom Penh Post about a new documentary film project on the art. Neang Kavich has apparently produced a short film on the subject. Disappointingly, the article doesn’t bother to indicate any way to view the film or contact the maker.
Neang Kavich spent six years studying music at Cambodian Living Arts and is now a first-year student of film at Limkokwing University.
This combination of knowledge prompted him to make a 15-minute documentary on smot with the aim of educating Cambodians about the art form and teaching them not to be afraid when they hear the chants.
And Trent’s releasing lots of new video on his blog. My favorite (in spite of some video-synch problems), is his glorious translation and rendition of the Final words of the Buddha, embedded below the break: Read the rest of this entry »