This last week garment workers took time out of their very busy working days to organize a showing of the clothes they spend hours putting together.

It was a very opportune moment as a number of labels were in town to meet with manufacturers.

I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen reenactments of state repression… on the catwalk.
Impressed by the bravery of the participants and enthused by their work to speak directly about their hopes, dreams, needs.
Watch the video, check out more news coverage below. (Kudos to Workers Information Centre for organising the event.)

Beautiful Clothes, Ugly Reality from Heather Stilwell on Vimeo.

Cambodia Labor Listings

This page is to help clarify Cambodia’s ongoing and often contentious discussion about labor and rights.
Without knowing who’s involved in the conversation, it’s hard to gather data and have nuanced discussions.
Being listed on this page does *not* constitute an endorsement.

Thanks to ‘American Center for International Labor Solidarity‘ for providing this initial list, and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights for referrals!

I’ll be adding on groups relating to labor issues in Cambodia such as the ILO, GMAC and Workers Information Centre in the future. :)

Click here to view listings as a full page.


State security forces beat journalists, bystanders and activists as they continued their lockdown of ‘Freedom Park’.

U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri was visiting Phnom Penh at the time and was ‘deeply saddened’ by the violence.

Thanks to @TweetCambodia & quoted Twitter-ers for news and commentary.

Why I carry a camera phone: I was on a motodop (motorcycle taxi) and once I spotted this crazy ad:
“Follow that tuk-tuk!” And we chased it down this beverage advertisement. Cambodia: truly a movable feast.

Now I must find and document who is selling this crazy product.

I’d really had no idea to expect such a huge crowd.
But ‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten‘ didn’t disappoint the standing-room-only audience.

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: The Story of Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll from Daniel Littlewood on Vimeo.

There was laughter, more often tears. Some from me.

Many of the surviving people featured in the film were there for a frustratingly brief panel afterwards.
Each one was worthy of a full evening  on stage: the sister of Ros Sereysothea, Sin Si Simuth‘s son, Vann Molyvann, David Chandler. We got a half hour.

The concert following was cathartic and gratifiying. (Click for video)
I haven’t seen the the arts community come together in such numbers since, well, Ingrid Muan‘s funeral in 2005. And this was for a much more positive evening.

As with other films supported by the Documentation Center of Cambodia, I’m hoping it will tour Cambodian villages as well as get a theatrical release.

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