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Kavich neang
Dey thmey phlauv kouch
Fiction | 4k | color | 15'21'' | Cambodia | 2018
Phnom Penh at night. Three young hip-hop dancers drive a single motorbike and stop on a muddy deserted road. Nick leaves the others to look for an iPhone he heard was lost in the area. Piseth and Thy discuss their hopes and doubts, and Piseth shows his best dance moves. They meet Leakhena, a young female street vendor whose cart is full of colors. 
Kavich NEANG (b. 1987, Phnom Penh, Cambodia) studied music and dance at a young age before graduating in professional design in 2013. In 2010, he directed his first short film, A Scale Boy, as part of a documentary film workshop led by Khmer-French filmmaker Rithy PANH, who also produced his 2013 mid-length documentary film Where I Go. In 2014, he co-founded the independent production company Anti-Archive along with Davy CHOU, Steve CHEN, and PARK Sungho. In 2015, he directed his first two short fictions, Three Wheels, which premiered at Busan, and Goodbye Phnom Penh. A third short fiction, New Land Broken Road, premiered at the 2018 Singapore International Film Festival and won prizes in Kyiv, Tacoma, and Kaohsiung. Kavich NEANG has also joined Busan’s Asian Film Academy, Locarno’s Summer Academy, Talents Tokyo, Docs by the Sea, Luang Prabang Talent Lab, and Cannes Cinéfondation’s Résidence. His 2019 documentary, Last Night I Saw You Smiling, won the NETPAC Award at IFF-Rotterdam, the Special Jury Prize at Jeonju, Best Image at Janela do Recife and two awards at Tokyo FilmEx. His impending first narrative feature, White Building, is now in post-production.