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WHERE ELEPHANTS WEEP TV direction, editing & post-production  
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  • Robert McQueen, acclaimed theatre director congratulates Sao Yoeun, KMF editor, on his editing - 20 December 2008

    In October 2008, KMF was invited by CLA (Cambodia Living Arts) and CTN (Cambodia Television Network) to supervise the TV production of Khmer rock opera Where Elephants Weep.

    The opera, with a glittering cast of top US and Cambodian stars, was undoubtedly the most important Cambodian cultural event in 2008, and probably in the last decade. Five years in the making, it played to packed houses at the Chenla Theatre, Phnom Phnom’s largest venue, in November and December 2008.

    Though a tragedy of doomed love and cultural incompatibility, the story is spiritually uplifting. A Cambodian émigré, a New York record producer, returns to his native country to re-invigorate himself by becoming a Buddhist monk. Despite his good intentions, he falls in love with the Cambodian girl of his dreams. Captivated by him, she is not free to return his love as she is cocooned by her sinister brother.

    The compelling plot unfolds under a rich tapestry of Cambodian characters and settings, spun together with powerful music by acclaimed Khmer composer Him Sophy and libretto by US author Catherine Filloux. The project and story were the inspiration of American John Burt, CLA's Founder.

    Using CTN’s technical facilities and camera crew, KMF’s Matthew Robinson directed the TV version at a specially-staged performance on 29 November.

    Sao Yoeun is editing the show for CTN's premier broadcast at peak time on Christmas Day.

    The station will repeat the show on 1 January 2009.

    Khorn Thavy and Sao Yoeun, KMF sound editor & video editor, spot a familiar logo at gala opening night - 29 November 2008

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