Week 21: October 30 – 5 November

Arquiteturas team believes this break is a great opportunity to look back at the festival’s last seven editions and provide viewers staying indoors worldwide with a selected retrospective of free streaming films. Each film will be released every Friday, running until next year’s edition, and can be viewed for one week. This initiative aims to provide visibility to the films and the makers and their contribution to initiating great discussions through their build environment stories. A live Q&A with the filmmakers, producers or authors will be announced whenever this is made possible, via the festival’s Instagram and FB pages.

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THE FREE STREAMING IS AVAILABLE BELOW FROM 30 OCT – 5NOV

LIVE INSTAGRAM WITH CHRISTOPHER ROMPRÉ TBA (GMT+2)

The Man Who Built Cambodia ARQUITETURAS’17 Christopher Rompré, Cambodja, 2015, 37’

The Man Who Built Cambodia  is a narrative documentary exploring the life of Vann Molyvann, an architect whose work came to represent a new identity for a country emerging from independence, and whose incredible story encompasses Cambodia’s turbulent journey as a modern nation. 

In Cambodia’s post-independence period, Molyvann had been at the centre of a renaissance, developing a distinctive architectural style, New Khmer Architecture, that completely changed the face of Cambodia. Then in 1970, at his creative peak, Cambodia’s political landscape disintegrates, forcing him to flee as the Khmer Rouge plunges the country into genocide and civil war.  Finally returning in the 1990s, Molyvann finds a different country than the one he had left. He’s marginalized from public life and many of his works are destroyed or neglected.

Today, like many countries is Asia, Cambodia is developing rapidly and unevenly. Nearly 90, the film follows Vann Molyvann as he reflects on the country he’s put so much of himself into.

Narrated by Academy Award™ nominee Matt Dillon, at the heart of  The Man Who Built Cambodia A is Vann Molyvann’s lifelong engagement with the identity of the Khmer people, and his attempt to create a unique architectural style that gives modern expression to that identity. 

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