DJane Sao Sopheak

Sep 27, 2016 | Events

Award-winning Cambodian female filmmaker DJane Sao Sopheak was born in Kampong Cham, about two hours drive from Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. Given her love of films, especially documentaries, she decided to pursue a career working with documentary films and other film-related projects. “Most of my documentaries tackle social and cultural issues. Within my work so far, I advocate for women empowerment and the upholding of human rights in my home country after almost 30 years of civil war,” says Sopheak.  Her film, Two Girls Against the Rain (2013), has been screened at numerous international festivals in Asia and Europe and was awarded “Best Documentary Short” at KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2013 (India).

As a young Khmer woman, she expresses much hope for the future of her country and the opportunities to share a more positive story of Cambodia’s journey. When discussing with her about the Cambodia Peace Museum, Sopheak shared her hopes for future of her country.

Cambodians must learn about their own history. Be aware of following crime from the past. We need to support any kind of activities with survivors, to show them they are not alone and that we stand with them in solidarity. That we all have messages of peace to share, messages of love and kindness.”

Sopheak agreed to join the Gala because of her desire to support “projects to showcase of the awareness of the conflict history with humanity.” She added, “I like this idea from the perspective of a Khmer young generation. Many young Cambodians do not know clearly about their own history especially in the countryside. I believe this museum will help people think of positive peace in the future.

DJane Sao Sopheak is well-known for digging up rare tracks by legendary singers Sinn Sisamouth, Ros Sereisothea, Pen Ron and many more Khmer rock musicians. Join Djane Sao Sopheak at the Peace Museum Masquerade Gala and Auction where she will play the beautiful, energetic music of 1960s and 1970s Khmer rock throughout the evening.

More about Sopheak

sao-sopheak-filmingSopheak Sao holds a degree in “Business Management” from Singapore University Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She began film/documentary classes in 2009 at M.E.T.A (Media Education and Training Academy) Phnom Penh. This program receives key funding from the German Cultural Foundation “Goethe-Institute”. M.E.T.A. / Meta House is a founding member of the SEA initiative DOCNET, supported by the EU. She has also attended numerous workshops in India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Sopheak has been involved with a number of documentary films, including “Photo Phnom Penh 2011” (2011), and “Survivor: Chum Mey, survivor of Toul Sleng” (2010), which she directed and produced.  In February 2013, she was the only Cambodian filmmaker ever to be invited to the Berlin International Film Festival “Berlinale” in Germany. Two of her films, “Where I Go” and “Two Girls Against the Rain”, were included as part of the 2013 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.
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