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White Building Bodeng Sar

  Kavich Neang

  Cambodia, France, China     90 minutes


In the rapidly changing urban landscape of Phnom Penh, 20-year-old Samnang (Piseth Chhun, winner of the best actor prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival) spends his days with friends riding scooters and dreaming of reality TV stardom. When the government announces a plan to demolish the landmark housing block where they reside, Sam’s carefree days come to an abrupt end. He watches helplessly as his father attempts to convince his divided neighbors to remain in their apartments; at the same time, he’s reeling from his closest pal’s decision to start a new life in Europe. Rooted in filmmaker Neang’s own experiences—he lived in the White Building from childhood to its demolition in 2017—this impressive naturalistic drama juxtaposes the painful price of progress with the difficult realities of growing up.


Screenings & Events

In-Theater Screening

Sun, Oct 17 @ 12:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

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Special Guests*: Daniel Mattes (screenwriter)
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Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 14 @ 12:00pm CDT to Oct 24 @ 11:59pm CDT in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin

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Film Credits

  •   Davy CHOU, Marine ARRIGHI de CASANOVA, JIA Zhang-ke
  •   NEANG Kavich, Daniel MATTES
  •   Félix REHM
  •   Douglas SEOK
  •   CHHUN Piseth, HOUT Sithan, UK Sokha, SOEM Chinnaron, THO Sovann, MIN Jany, Y Chandalin
  •   Jean-Charles BASTION
  •   Anti ArchiveE (Cambodia), Apsara Films (France), Xstream Pictures (China)
  •   https://filmsdulosange.com/en/film/white-building/