Last Night I Saw You Smiling

Last Night I Saw You Smiling (UK Premiere)

Regent Street Cinema, London UK | 10 September | 19:00

The White Building in Phnom Penh, a large municipal apartment block originally built in 1963, emptied by the Khmer Rouge, and subsequently the centre of a thriving artistic community, has been sold to Japanese developers and is scheduled for demolition. Filmmaker Kavich Neang—himself born and raised in the building—returns to interview fellow residents as they pack up their belongings and prepare for eviction. Neang interweaves their reflections and reminiscences with the turbulent national history to which the building has borne witness—the original tenants having been evacuated during the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s—invoking the ghosts of the past that still reside within the building’s walls.

The closing night film of Open City Documentary Festival on 10 September will be the UK premiere of Kavich Neang’s Last Night I Saw You Smiling.

Angkar movie poster

Angkar: UK Premiere

Born from a forced marriage during the Khmer Rouge regime, director Neary Adeline Hay travels back to Cambodia with her father, Khonsaly, to face his former Khmer Rouge persecutors. In Ta Saeng, the detention village that they lived together in as prisoners over forty years before, Khonsaly and the remaining inhabitants recount the workings of the sites that became theatres for the deaths of millions. In a contemplative, artful piece of testimony, Hay and her father produce a personal and poetic treatise on the need to record and reactivate memory and not forget the past, however painful it may be.

The Open City Documentary Festival is screening the UK premiere of Angkar with a Q&A with director Neary Adeline Hay at Picturehouse Central, Corner of Great Windmill Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, London, W1D 7DH, at 8:30 on Thursday 6 September.