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In conjunction with the citywide Season of Cambodia arts festival, the great documentarian Rithy Panh presents a fascinating survey of new and recent films from Cambodia.

Season of Cambodia, a special initiative of Cambodian Living Arts in partnership with Cambodia’s leading arts organizations and New York’s most vibrant cultural and academic institutions, will bring more than 125 performing and visual artists to New York City’s stages, screens, galleries and public spaces, creating a broad and dynamic platform for Cambodia’s cultural treasures to be shared with an international audience. Season of Cambodia will be a celebration of the living arts—of the people and practices that make up our cultural fabric.

We regret to inform you that honored festival guest, renowned Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh, who was scheduled to arrive today to participate in events surrounding the film series at Film Society of Lincoln Center this weekend, has been ordered by doctors to remain at his home in Paris to recover from a recent illness.  Mr. Panh sends his deepest regrets and will prepare remarks to be read on his behalf at this Friday’s opening of the film series, marked by a screening of Kalyanee Mam’s Sundance-honored A River Changes Course, which Mr. Panh was set to introduce.  We here at Season of Cambodia wish Rithy a speedy recovery and look forward to viewing his films and those he curated with Robert Koehler of the Film Society of Lincoln Center for Old Ghosts, New Dreams: The Emerging Cambodian Cinema.