[Paris, France, 16 January 2024] – At the occasion of the France - Cambodia Business Forum organized by MEDEF and chaired by H.E. Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Dr. HUN Manet, Prime Minister of Cambodia, OCIC Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Aloest Productions, a French audio visual production company, to establish a partnership support for the promotion of the documentary movie "The Perfect Motion" in France and Europe.
The documentary film "The Perfect Motion "(or "Tep Hattha" in Khmer) delves into the history of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia and Apsara dance, a traditional Khmer dance. The film also explores the commitment of the late Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, former Cambodian Minister of Culture and Director of the Royal Ballet, to preserving Cambodia's cultural heritage. Elegant Khmer dance has its roots in the country's ancient history, reflecting mythological, religious and historical themes that have captivated many French audiences. In 1906, the famous sculptor Auguste Rodin first saw the dance at a performance in Paris and fell in love with it.
The Khmer Rouge war less than half a century ago plunged Cambodia into a dark period when art was strictly forbidden. Despite this direct threat to its cultural identity, the rapidly expanding Kingdom of Cambodia is now eager to share the richness of its rediscovered heritage with the rest of the world.
Before its national release in cinemas in more than 30cities of France starting 13th March 2024, the film will be screened during a tour of previews in Brussels, around France, and Geneva. The tour will begin at the Museum of Asian arts-Guimet in Paris on 12th February2024 and will end at the UNESCO World Headquarters on the 11th March2024. Each preview will be preceded by an Apsara dance performance by dancers from the Royal Ballet of Cambodia, offering to the audiences an experience similar to that enjoyed by Auguste Rodin.
OCIC Group is supporting the film with the aim of promoting Khmer art and culture internationally through financial and logistical resources and its networks in France and Europe. The project has also benefited from the connections of French-speaking Prince Sisowath Tesso, as well as the financial and community support of several partners, including AEPK, Vattanac, The Peak, Kulen, Bred Bank, the European Union Delegation to Cambodia, All Dreams Cambodia, the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and the Cinema and moving images National Center (CNC) of the French Ministry of Culture.
OCIC is one of Cambodia's leading diversified conglomerates. OCIC Group is a group of companies and businesses that are affiliated to OCIC and includes a business portfolio in property development, real estate, education, healthcare, airport, construction & engineering, retail, hospitality to media and leisure. OCIC's major developments include the Techo International Airport, Koh Pich, Norea City, Chroy Changvar Satellite City and the Olympia City.
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