M.E.T.A. Team with protagonist Poi Chhunly (3rd from right) and his wife Kolab (2nd from right)
M.E.T.A. Team with protagonist Poi Chhunly (3rd from right) and his wife Kolab (2nd from right)
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Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), meaning "the brightness of art", originated in 1986 in Site 2 Refugee Camp on the Thai border. The idea of a creative association, which would use art and expression to help young refugees overcome the trauma of war, emerged from drawing workshops held for children in the camps. This original idea continued after the refugees returned to their homeland, and PPS was formally founded in 1994 by a group of former Site 2 children in Battambang, Cambodia's second largest city. M.E.T.A. students and German filmmakers Mark Eberle & Nico Mesterharm visit PPS artist Poi Chhunly (29), who has set up Cambodia's first animation studio together with his wife Koern Kolab. In 2007 Chunly won the local "Cambofest" film festival with his animation movie "Boy Drinking Bad Water".