The White Building in Phnom Penh, a large municipal apartment block originally built in 1963, emptied by the Khmer Rouge and subsequently the centre of a thriving artistic community, has been sold to Japanese developers and is scheduled for demolition. Filmmaker Kavich Neang—himself born and raised in the building—returns to interview fellow residents as they pack up their belongings and prepare for eviction. Neang interweaves their reflections and reminiscences with the turbulent national history to which the building has borne witness—the original tenants having been evacuated during the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s—invoking the ghosts of the past that still reside within the building’s walls.
Followed by a Q&A with the director
In partnership with Day for Night Films.
- BBFC rating
- Running time
- 77 mins
- Cambodia, France
- Other features
- Kavich Neang