Saturday, 15.12.2007: Thai Embassy Informs about Plan to Make Movie about Preah Bat Jayavarman VII

Posted on 16 December 2007. Filed under: Week 538 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 538

“Phnom Penh: The Thai Embassy in the Kingdom of Cambodia announced that a Thai film production company, which plans to make a film about to the famous King Preah Bat Jayavarman VII [who reigned from 1181 to about 1220], will do it only if they get technical assistance – but if the plan is opposed, they will stop the process.

“A 14 December press release from the Thai Embassy affirmed that Thai journalists had asked about a report published by Rasmei Kampuchea on 12 December 2007 concerning that a Thai film producer wants to make a film about the life of Preah Jayavarman VII.

“The Director-General of the Department of Information [of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs] of Thailand asked the Thai film production company, and they got a comment back, saying that that this film has a good purpose, the company that wants to support and promote Cambodia with the production of a film about this famous King of good reputation is similar to when they made a film in Thailand, related to the Thai King Pra Naresuan [1590-1605]. The Thai film production company stated that it is just a plan, and if it moves on towards the production process, the Thai side would like to get help with technical assistance. As for the content of the story, everything is to be written and managed by the Cambodian side.

“The same release stated that the Thai film production company reaffirmed that the purpose is to help support the Cambodian side; however, if there would be a strong reaction, the company would also agree to stop the process, unless, in future, the Cambodian side finds it is useful and asks for help from the Thai side – then the company is always happy to help and support.

“A senior official of the Royal Academy of Cambodia had spoken to Rasmei Kampuchea early this week about a Thai research group that wants to produce a film about the Khmer heroic King Preah Bat Jayavarman VII.

“Such an idea is opposed by many officials of Cambodian culture and history, because it would cause historical confusion.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4463, 15.12.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 15 December 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1519, 15.12.2007

  • US Embassy in Cambodia Cooperates to Create Information Center [American Corner Cambodia] in Battambang
  • Meanchey AM Radio Station Seriously Affects Health of Neighborhood [through its electronic broadcasting radiation]
  • Human Trafficking Does Not Decline [according to an official of a non-government organization]
  • [19-year-old] Man Rapes His [8-year-old] Sister Three Times [he is arrested – Sangkae, Battambang]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3338, 15-16.12.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Promises to Create Anti-Corruption Law if Sam Rainsy Party Wins Elections to Lead the Government
  • Official [Lao Mong Hay, researcher] of Asian Human Rights Commission Criticizes that Cambodia Has Peace but It Does Not Have Full Freedom

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4463, 15.12.2007

  • Thai Embassy Informs about Plan to Make Movie about Preah Bat Jayavarman VII
  • Supreme Court: [Eight] Convicted “Cambodian Freedom Fighters” Continue to Bel Jailed [after their appeals have been rejected]
  • Car Hits Commercial Signboard: All Seven People in the Car Die [Serei Saophoan, Banteay Meanchey]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3209, 15.12.2007

  • US Ambassador to Cambodia Hopes Samdech Krom Preah Will Have Opportunity to Participate in Elections

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #576, 15.12.2007

  • Government May Change Names of Siem Reap Province to Krong Angkor and Battambang Province to Krong Dambang Kro’nhoung
  • Son Chhay [SRP parliamentarian, Phnom Penh] Asks [Minister of Finance] Keat Chhon to Provide Documents as the Base on which that Government Provided Islands to Private Companies

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