Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival


A new season and a new approach. After 18 years BFMAF is moving to a new date, 3 – 5th March 2023. Find out more here.

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Live Event — 25 September 2021, 11:00

Filmmakers in Focus: Anti-Archive in conversation

Filmmakers from the Cambodian film production company Anti-Archive will be joined in conversation by Roger Nelson and programmer Herb Shellenberger to discuss the films in the festival and their wider work producing fiction and documentary films by the emerging, new generation of Cambodian filmmakers.

The event will be broadcast live on the home page of our website at the time and date advertised above.

Live Event Participants:

Herb Shellenberger is a film programmer, curator and writer originally from Pennsylvania and based in London. He has curated screenings, exhibitions and film series at film festivals, cinematheques and art insti- tutions internationally, including retrospectives of filmmakers such as Ali Khamraev (BFMAF 2017), Sophia Al-Maria (BFMAF 2018), Tiffany Sia, Payal Kapadia (BFMAF 2020), Sid Iandovka & Anya Tsyrlina, George Kuchar, Jonas Mekas, Sergei Parajanov, Johan van der Keuken and Al Wong. In 2020, he was a union rep and co-organiser of the 42-day strike of workers at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and he is co-editor of the revised edition of Amos Vogel’s 1974 book Film as a Subversive Art (Film Desk Books, 2021).

Danech San (1991, Cambodia) is a director and has worked in different production roles on a variety of TV shows and films. After originally studying interior design, San turned to filmmaking, working with Anti-Archive on Three Wheels (Kavich Neang, 2015) as production manager, and Diamond Island (Davy Chou, 2016) as casting assistant and assistant production manager. Her debut film, A Million Years, world premiered at the 2018 Busan International Film Festival. It subsequently was named Best Southeast Asian Short Film at the 2018 Singapore International Film Festival and won the Arte Short Film Award at the 2019 Internationales Kurz film Festival Hamburg.

Kavich Neang (director and cinematographer) was raised in Phnom Penh’s landmark White Building. His first two shorts were documentaries produced by Rithy Panh: A Scale Boy (2010), and Where I Go (2013). In 2013, he joined Busan’s Asian Film Academy, and in 2014, he co-founded Anti-Archive. In 2015, he directed two short fictions, Three Wheels (premiere: Busan), and Goodbye Phnom Penh. In 2018, his short fiction, New Land Broken Road, premiered in Singapore. Kavich has joined Talents Tokyo, Visions du Reel’s Docs-in-Progress, and Cannes Cinéfondation’s Residency. His feature-length documentary Last Night I Saw You Smiling premiered in January 2019 in IFFR’s Bright Future competition. His first feature-length fiction, White Building, which he worked on simultaneously, premieres at Venice International Film Festival 2021.

Kanitha Tith (b. 1987, Cambodia) is a cross-disciplinary artist working between the visual arts in sculpture, performance, installation and in Cambodia’s independent film industry as an artistic director and a forthcoming director with Phnom Penh based Anti-Archive film production project Echoes of Tomorrow. In 2010, she was awarded an honorable mention at the inaugural You Khin Memorial Women’s Art Prize. The artist’s works have been exhibited widely, most recently including the group exhibitions Le paysages apres coup, Centre d’art contemporain Faux Mouvement, Metz, France (2018) and SUNSHOWER: Southeast Asian Art From 1980s to Today, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2017). Her 2014 video work “Boding” was created as part of the 2014 group exhibition, “Rates of Exchange, Un-Compared: Contemporary Art in Bangkok and Phnom Penh” at H Gallery in Bangkok and Sa Sa Bassac in Phnom Penh. It has since screened at Tentacles Gallery in Bangkok, M+ Museum in Hong Kong, and National Gallery of Singapore. Tith is currently an artist in residence at Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, Netherlands.