5 Sep – It was recently announced that the ASEAN Film Festival 2017 will be taking place in Cambodia from 8 to 15 September.
Popular Thai film "Pee Mak" has been selected to be the first film to show during the festival, which kicks off this Friday.
The festival, co-organised by Cambodia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, is part of the activities to commemorate the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Selected films from eight ASEAN member countries will be screened on Cambodia's National Televi-sion of Kampuchea (TVK) and Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Television (TV5) at 10PM every day during the festival.
The eight films that will be screened are: "Pee Mak" (Thailand), "Ada Apa Dengan Rina" (Brunei), "Lousiss Loves Bai Tong" (Laos), "By Coincidence" (Myanmar), "The Price of Love" (Cambodia), "Kid Kulafu" (Philippines), "Ilo Ilo" (Singapore) and "When the Tenth Month Comes" (Vietnam).
Secretary of State of the Ministry of Information Mao Ayuth said during the recent press conference that in the five decades since being founded, ASEAN has become a bloc sharing the same destiny and an economic, political, social and cultural community that has been growing strongly.
He said that each nation has its own identity, traditional culture and arts and intra-bloc cultural ex-changes will enrich the spiritual lives of the member states and the entire ASEAN.
The ASEAN Film Festival aims to enhance the culture of ASEAN through the public broadcast of films representing each ASEAN Member State, he added.