PLEASE JOIN PRIMARY SOURCE AND FILMMAKER SOCHEATA POEUV FOR A SPECIAL SHOWING OF HER FILM NEW YEAR BABY TO CELEBRATE PRIMARY SOURCE¹S COLLABORATION WITH THE LOWELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2007 AT THE EMBASSY CINEMA, 16 PINE STREET, WALTHAM SEATING BEGINS AT 6:10 PM FILM SCREENING 6:30 - 8:00 PM € DIRECTOR Q & A 8:00 -8:30 PM TICKETS € $10.00 FREE PARKING AFTER 6PM IN LOT BEHIND THE THEATER
ABOUT THE FILM: An accidental aside heard at a family party impelled filmmaker Socheata Poeuv to uncover her family¹s long-hidden losses in Cambodia¹s Killing Fields and their new strengths as they survived and emigrated to the United States. New Year Baby, with its poetic honesty coupled with disarming humor, has won numerous awards including, in 2007, Target Filmmaker Award and Best Documentary, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.
You can purchase your tickets in two ways: To purchase online, please visit: http://primarysource.kintera.org/newyearbaby Or you can mail a check for $10 made out to Primary Source, 101 Walnut St., Watertown, MA 02472, Att¹n: Renee Covalucci Tickets will be mailed to you.
Questions? Please contact Renee Covalucci (617.923.9933 x 24 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
³New Year Baby is my search for the truth about how my family survived the Khmer Rouge genocide and why they buried the truth for so long.² - Socheata Poeuv
Cambodian young people are joining the global conversation in the blogosphere and sharing their perspectives through different forms of grassroots citizen's media thanks to the efforts of a dedicated team of Cambodian bloggers. This team has been working on a voluntary basis to conduct 14 workshops called “Personal Information Technology Workshop” at 14 different universities in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap with more than 1700 students participating.
They are organizing the first "Cambodian Blogger Summit (aka Cloggers Summit)" to take place 30-31 August 2007 in Cambodia. The idea is to bring together students, professional Bloggers, writers, NGO workers, media, and tech gurus from within and outside Cambodia to share and learn more from each other on about how the ICT (including Open Source Software and Web2.0 tools) can make their study, work, and life easier.
I've been given an opportunity to help by leading a training and sharing my experience with nonprofits and social media. Here's what I'm going to do:
A train the trainers workshop with the Cambodian blogging team to share resource information, answer questions, and exchange ideas for teaching young people how to use social media in a developing country like Cambodia
A conference workshop on blogging techniques and video blogging techniques
Bring over 3 video blogging kits (inexpensive camera, a book, batteries, and SD cards) that will be used as "prizes" to encourage new bloggers
Learn about and document how the blogging team is doing outreach and encouraging new bloggers and share on my blog
Identify and interview 3-5 amazing Cambodian BlogHers and post on BlogHer site
Bring a suitcase of donated technology and nonprofit t-shirts for participants (they have no budget for scwhag)
Document the learnings from this personal fundraising campaign
I need your help. I'm raising $4,000 and the amazing folks at ChipIn are matching 50% of my donations. So, I'm turning to the power of personal fundraising and hoping that you, my readers, friends of my readers, and friends will support in my desire to make a difference in Cambodia. Even a donation of $20 will help.
Timing is running out. I need to reach my goal by August 10th so I can book my plane travel and I will continue to fundraise up until the date of my departure, tentatively scheduled August 25th. With your help, I know this can happen.
So, here's what I need you to do:
Make a donation. If 100 of my readers each donate $20, that will make the campaign successful!
Blog about this campaign and repost the fundraising badge on your blog
Forward the url to your colleagues and friends and ask them to contribute or repost.
Have at least three or more new t-shirts from a tech or nonprofit tech organization? I'd love to pack them in my suitcase!
Someday I hope that our family will be able to attend the Cambodian Heritage Camp - I've heard great things about it. It isn't in the cards this year, but maybe next year.
Here's the description:
Cambodian Heritage Camp is a family camp where campers from age 3 to 18, plus
their parents participate in classes, workshops and family-oriented special
events presented by Cambodian Americans, adult adoptees, professionals in the
field of adoption, and the campers themselves, all of whom enthusiastically
share their perspectives and expertise with adoptive families. More than 30
Cambodian American young adults serve as counselors, acting as warm and caring
role models and mentors to the children as they participate with them in cultural
classes. Adult family members attend cultural and adoption-related workshops
ranging from Cambodian cooking to the blessings and challenges inherent in
our adoptive families. Founded and run by adoptive parent volunteers, CamHC
is one of ten camps facilitated by the highly respected Colorado Heritage Camps
organization, which has been running heritage camps for adoptive families for
I just came across this filmmaker S. Smith Patrick who is creating a film about street children in Siem Reap called Seeing Siem Reap. According to the web site:
The goal of this film is to give insight into the lives of street children in Cambodia and to inspire viewers to support education for these impoverished youth so that their life conditions may improve.
I watched the trailer and it looks like it will be beautiful film.
Mongkol sent us this lovely New Year's card. We'd like to wish everyone a happy New Year! We hope to attend the celebration in Cranston, RI over the weekend and take photos and videos. Meanwhile, enjoy this Cambodian New Year's video from last year and some more information about Khmer New Year's here.
The Angkor Dance Troupe is having a dinner and show for family and friends
on Saturday, April 21 to celebrate the Cambodian new year. This event will be
held at Sompao Meas Hall, 450 Chelmsford Street, in Lowell. Tickets for adults
are $25, and tickets for children, students, and seniors are $15.
This is a casual affair, and dinner will be served Cambodian family style.
Our dancers will also perform, including some of our newest, younger dancers!
The evening will start at 6:00 p.m., dinner will be served around 7:00 p.m., and
expect that the show will start around 8:00 p.m. For the late-night partying
and dancing crowd, they're planning to have a DJ after the show, and the evening
will end around midnight.
If you're interested in joining the fun, please call the dance troupe's office
at (978) 275-1823 or e-mail the founder and program director, Tim Thou, at email@example.com.
If you are reader of this blog, you are probably aware of the campaign I ran to raise money for Leng Sopharath's college tuition using the ChipIn fundraising widget. Leng Sopharath is one of 19 college students being sponsored for college through a program of the Sharing Foundation,
an ngo that works directly with local officials, orphanages, and NGOs
in Cambodia to identify and carry out projects which improve the lives
The photo above came in today's letter from Leng Sopharath. You can read see the other photos and read the letter in flickr here.