Nico Mesterharm / Project Director
Nico (1967, Germany) has worked in the media business since the 1980s. Filmmaking brought him to Cambodia, where he has directed and produced over 100 documentaries since the year 2000. In 2007, Mesterharm founded the arts and media center Meta House Phnom Penh to promote the development of Cambodia’s new arts and film movement through exhibitions, festivals, workshops, community-based projects, artist exchange programs and by fostering links with South East Asian and international universities, galleries, curators, non-governmental and governmental organizations. Since 2012, META HOUSE has been operating under the umbrella of the international NGO “Cambodian-German Cultural Association”, in partnership with the German Goethe Institute.
SAO Sopheak / Filmmaker
Sopheak (1981, Cambodia) joined the Master Class in documentary film at the Meta House Film School. She previously directed the short docus SURVIVOR; THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAT; THE QUIET REVOLUTION. Her film TWO GIRLS AGAINST THE RAIN, a captivatingly courageous film about a lesbian couple in Cambodia, was featured at “Berlinale” Film Festival in Berlin, Germany and won the Indian “Kashish” 2013 Trophy. “As a woman, I am supporting women. I want to show Cambodia from the inside. I can do research and get closer to the people, and I can find more interesting stories than foreigners.”
HANG Sokunthea / Scriptwriter, blogger
Sokunthea is a freelance writer and Media professor at Pannasastra University Cambodia (PUC). She is also a former business reporter at The Cambodia Daily. With a strong passion for Media studies and Journalism, she has obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media from PUC and later completed a joint Masters in Journalism, Media & Globalization at Aarhus University, Denmark and City University London, United Kingdom.
YON Davy / Dancer, Choreographer
Davy is a Cambodian choreographer/dancer who studied both classical and folkloric dance. Davy has always had a strong interest in contemporary dance and has been involved in workshops and performances with numerous choreographers including Emmanuelle Phuon, Bob Ruijzendaal, Pete Chin, Arco Renz and others. He was a recipient of residency study grants for contemporary dance and choreography at the Taiwan National University of the Arts and in Surabaya.
CHOUN Sopheap / writer
Sopheap is a writer and poet. He has a strong interest in history and romance of the universe. He has published two English books: ‘Grief, Pain, and Sorrow’, and research on ‘The Rise and Downfall of the The Knight Templar’. He is now in the process of writing a history book investigating witchcraft from all around the world. Sopheap has regularly participated in poetry reading mainly organized by Meta House. Presently, he is the event manager in Meta house and also a youth facilitator for ‘The Courageous Turtle” project sponsored by the European Union which requires him to travel around the country, and the SMASHED project sponsored by APISWA.
YENG Chheangly / Poet
Chheangly is a young poet. He is also the Co-founder of the Magic Library as well as Slap Paka Khmer (Khmer Collaborative Writers). He currently lives in Phnom Penh and often runs his Magic Library to villages in Kandal province. In Phnom Penh, he brings young writers and students to workshops and author meeting events and runs events for writers including readings of literature, poetry, and short fiction. He is working on publishing a bilingual collection of Cambodian modern poetry called “In the Shadow”. This project brings the work of 5 poets together in one book. Chheangly believes that little things will create something big. That is why he’s trying to work on these projects. Especially with the mobile library, he hopes to motivate kids in the rural area in order to rebuild a vibrant culture of reading and writing.