B. 1991, Battambang, Cambodia.
Danech is a filmmaker based in Phnom Penh. On August 26, 2019, we interviewed Danech at Tini cafe in Phnom Penh. She discussed moving to the city from Battambang, getting to know the Phnom Penh film and art scenes, working with the Anti-Archive film organization, and developing her first short film, "A Million Years." Listen to her interview below.
Contents1. Shooting in Kampot | 2. Location Scouting | 3.Basing a character on her grandmother | 4. Developing characters | 5. Casting | 6. Creating characters | 7. Histories | 8. Time travel | 9. Millions of years | 10. Crocodiles | 11. Growing up in Battambang | 12. Moving to Phnom Penh | 13. Phnom Penh's film scene | 14. Working as a casting assistant | 15. Working on Diamond Island | 16. Diamond Island's reception | 17. Collaboration | 18. An unofficial cinema club | 19. Apichatpong and David Lynch | 20. Sharing roles | 21. The space of Anti-Archive | 22. Filmmakers and other artists | 23. Echoes from Tomorrow | 24. Anti-Archive's future
1. Shooting in Kampot.
2. Location scouting.
3. Basing a character on her grandmother.
4. Developing characters.
6. Creating characters.
8. Time travel.
9. Thinking in millions of years.
11. Growing up in Battambang.
When Danech grew up there, in high school there were two cinemas. They would not play Cambodian films, but Chinese horror or comedy. Sometimes there would be mobile cinema screenings in school, which would be old Cambodian films from the sixties. But this would only be 2 or 3 times per year.
12. Moving to Phnom Penh.
She would visit museums, libraries, and film screenings. Every weekend, she would spend three hours a day at the internet cafe. She would download music videos or films, usually Hollywood, Thai, Chinese, or Taiwanese mainstream films.
She then began to volunteer for a documentary organization that worked with youth.