One Couch at a Time follows ‘CouchSurfing evangelist’ Alexandra Liss across 6 continents, 21 countries, CouchSurfing for 7 months in the first full-length feature ever to document the CouchSurfing movement and this emerging ‘age of sharing’ we are entering.
One Couch at a Time is the first full-length feature documentary on the CouchSurfing movement and this emerging “age of sharing” we are entering. The film follows protagonist and veteran CouchSurfer, Alexandra Liss, through 21 countries, 6 subcontinents, for 7 months using CouchSurfing.org. As we explore our inner and societal limits, this film pushes us to ask ourselves and our peers “what would YOU be willing to share with a stranger?”
CouchSurfing is a planet in this “sharing economy” galaxy- and the platform for which this entire film takes place. Alexandra also explores crowd funding, co-working, ridesharing, and gifting at the ultimate sharing society – Burningman! We focus, however, on the micro by capturing the magical, heart-warming, serendipitous exchanges that occur one couch at a time.
Each host and traveler along the way provide unique experiences becoming sub-subjects illustrating the incredible exchange. Alexandra, who begins her journey full of confusion, ends up learning lessons of a lifetime with the help of a few worldly friends.
We learn, that by embracing the “age of sharing” mentality is to have access to methods which make the pursuit of your passions and dreams merely a couch away. Featured interviews include sharing economy expert Rachel Botsman, founder of Burningman Larry Harvey, sacred economist Charles Eisenstein, and of course, the founder of Couchsurfing, Casey Fenton.
(87 mins, documentary, adventure)
Canada’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Academy Awards, and produced by the team behind the Oscar nominated Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar, Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle is a stunning, tender film about a developmentally challenged young woman’s quest for independence and sexual freedom.
The musically gifted but developmentally challenged Gabrielle lives in a group home with four other adults who have similar disabilities. Like all young women, Gabrielle wants her independence, but of course her situation is exceptional.
Since she met her boyfriend Martin, at the recreation centre where they are choir members, they have been inseparable. However, because they are “different,” their loved ones are fearful of their relationship.
As the choir prepares for an important music festival, Gabrielle does everything she can to gain her independence. As determined as she is, Gabrielle must still confront other people’s prejudices as well as her own limitations in the hope of experiencing a love far from the “ordinary”.
Then Gabrielle’s beloved and supportive sister confesses that she is going to move to India, and Gabrielle’s world is truly in danger of falling apart. With stubborn courage and a real zest for life, Gabrielle prevails against all odds to win her freedom.
“Instead of a message movie, Gabrielle is a romance and an unusual kind of musical that seamlessly integrates special needs actors with the other cast members.” – CANADIAN GLOBE AND MAIL
(104 mins, drama, music, romance, French with English subtitles)
CAMBODIA: PHNOM PENH SURROUNDED
Produced by TFI, 14min, 1975, Khmer version, black and white.
This document reports on the encirclement of Phnom Penh by the Khmer Rouge. The conflicts between the Lon Nol army and the Khmer Rouge force take place near Phnom Penh, at Neak Loeung, on the national route 7 and national route 1. Pochentong airport is bombed. Thousands of tons of US ammunitions landed at Phnom Penh port.
THE KHMER ROUGE: POWER AND TERROR
Directed by Adrian Maben, 66min, 2001, Khmer version
This documentary focuses on the seizure of power by Pol Pot which left the Cambodians in terror between 1975 and 1979. From 1975, the Khmer Rouges decided to clean sweep of past. Schools, universities, banks were closed, money was abolished, cities turned silent and people were forced to the hard labor in the countryside or sent to the detention center of S21 where the interrogations took place.
Free entry. All are welcome.
With the 70′s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy…while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
“This is the kind of movie where most people know what they want and are pretty sure what they will get, that being “more of the same, please.”" – SALON.COM
” Burgundy’s earnest manly stupidity is a sure-fire laugh-getter and while he’s off on his own a lot more this time around, his news team remains convincing both as his buddies and as different varieties of total idiots.” – THE VINE
“McKay and Ferrell keep the jokes naughty not dirty and flying for shrapnel accuracy; many miss, but when one hits it counts.” – TAMPA BAY TIMES
(119 mins, comedy)
Only screening at The Flicks 2.
Reservations are highly recommended!
Sydney Schanberg is a New York Times journalist covering the civil war in Cambodia. Together with local representative Dith Pran, they cover some of the tragedy and madness of the war, in Phnom Penh.
When the American forces leave, Dith Pran sends his family with them, but stays behind himself to help Schanberg cover the event. As an American, Schanberg won't have any trouble leaving the country, but the situation is different for Pran; he's a local, and the Khmer Rouge are moving in.
The Killing Fields manages to edge out even Saving Private Ryan, and without a doubt, there's no better war film out there that's done a better job of capturing the realistic details and emotional loss of the time period (that being, the 70's in Cambodia/Vietnam).
The performances all around superb without exception. Haing S. Ngor who plaiyed Dith Pran, who was tragically killed a few years ago during a street robbery in LA, delivers a riveting, emotionally wrenching turn as the guide who is trapped in Cambodia and forced to fight for his life. He deservingly won the Oscar, though it's a shame he was snubbed for the best actor award. Inarguably, he's the film's central character and he also has more screen time than top-billed Sam Waterston.
The Killing Fields is a suspenseful and exhilarating experience, a journey through an apocalyptic landscape that features one shocking image after another. Watch, and you'll see why the film is so acclaimed.
(141, biography, drama, history)
Two swinging rock and roll bands join forces at Doors Music & Tapas.
Woody Dares & The Western Toners are a three-piece ball of energy from Bordeaux, France, stopping off in Cambodia as part of their South-East Asian tour. This great band mix blues, folk and jazz in an up-tempo style on Woody's latest EP 'Life is a Draft'.
Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks are a scorching-hot rockabilly band from the UK. The band is the result of one man’s obsession with a certain period of Rock’n’Roll history in between the energetic Country music of Hank Williams and the British Beat Groups of the early 1960’s.
Both Woody and Joe love the finger-popping, lindy-hopping sound of the 1950's. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to romp, stomp and swing the night away at Doors Phnom Penh.
Entrance fee: $5
Professional Photographer Michael Klinkhamer is leading a casual-high learning curve photography workshop-tour in Phnom Penh.
During the 4-hour tour you will learn to set your camera for optimum results and discover Phnom Penh City with your camera.
This photo workshop is designed to make you a better photographer.
Runs every day at 13.30 from FCC.
Price $45 p.p.
For Bookings Call: +855 (0) 60873847
Organized by: Cambodia Photo Tours
Go fishing near Phnom Penh!
Everybody gets their own rod and drinks. At the end of the trip, participants will cook some river fish Cambodian style with pepper sauve and sour mango, even if no fish are caught. Stories about the river and its history will also be told. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0978970007 to makae a reservation before Friday.
$10 per person. Pick up from Brown Coffee at the river side.
For Bo Rithy’s second solo exhibition at Romeet he has created an installation titled Longvaek’s Bamboo. The work references a story from 16th century Cambodia.
Longvaek, an ancient city in Cambodia, just north of Oudong, was the capitial city chosen by King Ang Chan (1516–66) after the fall of the Ankorian Empire. In the year of 1986 it is said that after the second failed attempt of the Siamese to take the city of Longvaek the retreating soldiers deliberately left small pieces of silver in the bamboo forest that protected the city.
It is suggested that over the following years, motivated by greed or poverty, according to different accounts, the local people cut down the bamboo to retrieve the silver. This is said to have left Longvaek vulnerable to the attack, which saw the fall of the city to Siam in 1594.
Bo’s current installation utilizes bamboo to create two connected structures, one a flying naga serpent and the other an elevated platform for a golden seat protected by razored wire.
Bo studied visual art the Phare Ponleu Selpak School in Battambang. Since graduating in 2009 he has exhibited across the country in various group and solo shows. Last year he was selected by a prestigious jury of arts industry experts to represent Cambodia in the inaugural Spot Art Festival in Singapore, which was a partnered event of the Singapore Biennale.
A big format painting exhibition by Dina Chhan.
Dina works in a range of media including painting and sculpture. Themes of life, music and everyday activities have captured Dina's imagination over the past ten years. Smiling families, energetic musicians, a contemplative monk, the labours of the rice field and the market. Through a range of styles Dina explores the daily life of Cambodians. Using her familiar vivid palette of colours, Dina captures the motion and energies of people in bustling environments. These 6 strong pieces capture fragments of time, emotions of the people that we see, and the animate energy witnessed everyday in Cambodia.
"Re-housing of Non Houses" by Fani Llauradó and Dina Chhan
This exhibition with mixed technics as photography printed in canvas and painting. Is a project about how spaces meant to be public and social, before the Khmer Rouge regime, have been “homestructed” and ended up turning into a home, into a vital comunity.