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Last Night I Saw You Smiling

Last Night I Saw You Smiling

“We’re used to seeing a house for its roof, windows, and walls. But in the end, as we move out of here, it breaks my heart." Filmmaker Kavich Neang's father is one of the hundreds of residents who must leave the iconic White Building in Phnom Penh. This housing block bore witness to a tremendous series of events: the young nation's Golden Age; a traumatic breakdown under a radical regime; decades of cultural revival centred within its walls; and, the rapid pace of capitalist development that would ultimately lead to its demise. Now the once radiant walls are grey and damaged. Neang, born here in 1987 and raised inside, once dreamed of shooting a fiction film here, but reality overtook his plan. It’s now the location for his first full-length documentary. When demolition comes, it’s all just a memory.

- Dir. Kavich Neang - 78min - 2019 - Cambodia -

"It’s a film that requires a bit of focused concentration. The reward is poetic images that stick in the mind like memories: in one flat, the camera lingers on a mirror. Someone has tied a yellow comb to it, presumably for everyone to use, so it won’t be lost. And it is loss this documentary captures so tenderly, with some beautiful photography." - The Guardian

"Kavich Neang, born and raised within the White Building, sought to capture memories and a collective sense of loss" - Asian Film Archive

"honours the capacity for life and endurance not easily exhausted." - Open City Documentary Festival

Last Night I Saw You Smiling
  • Last Night I Saw You Smiling (English Subtitles)

    Dir. Kavich Neang - 2019 - Cambodia

    “We’re used to seeing a house for its roof, windows, and walls. But in the end, as we move out of here, it breaks my heart." Filmmaker Kavich Neang's father is one of the hundreds of residents who must leave the iconic White Building in Phnom Penh. This housi...

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