Many ancient Cambodian art forms are currently endangered, as venues for performance and those artists practicing
become dimished everyday. Among these arts is "smot" - a voice performing art, known by the people today only as
a music for funerals. Young Cambodian filmmaker Neang Kavich takes the audience to Kampong Speu Province,
where Master Koet Ran introduces us to the history of smot, The possibility to perform smot has been strongly
affected by the fact that people use recorded tapes now.
A former female student of Master Koet Ran now studies smot in Phnom Penh. She tries to explain the reason why she has
chosen smot and how she feels performing this old art, while all her friends ignore or fear it. She performs smot in
front of many young Cambodians whose smiling faces show us that there is still hope for this traditional art.
Director and cameraman Neang Kavich (22) studies "Digital Film and TV" at Limkokwing University in Phnom Penh.
His documentary SMOT (Khmer with English subtitles, 20 minutes) is produced by French-Cambodian maverick director Davy Chou (24),
whose grandfather Vann Chann was one of the greatest film producers in Cambodia in the 1960s. Neang Kavich took part in Davy Chou's
film project TWIN DIAMONDS – written, shot and edited by 60 Cambodian students from more than six Phnom Penh schools.
It was a huge success when it premiered at Phnom Penh's Cinema Lux in September 2009.