META House will kick off Friday evening with a screening of Michael Matheson’s Poverty Inc at 4pm. The 2014 film investigates the complex global industry of foreign aid.
Stick around for Desire Will Set You Free at 7pm; Yony Leiser’s 2015 feature film follows an American writer and a Russian artist as they travel through the underground subculture in Berlin.
If that’s got your inner rave juices flowing then META House has you sorted with their German Techno Party kicking off at 9pm. Or for some live music with a Khmer flavour get over to Mini Banana for Sounds of Motherland– traditional Khmer music with Sophea and Bong Ann. All night long they will be serving up $2:50 mojitos and espresso martinis.
For something a bit heavier, hit up Oscar’s On the Corner, where there’s a night of heavy metal featuring local heroes Doch Chkae, Cambodian newcomers As The Heart Betrays and Dieu a Quitte, and Indonesian band Warmouth (10pm, corner St 13 & 104).
…Or head over to Cloud’s monthly Hip Hop Takeover, where rappers 12ME, Lisha, Sang Sok Serey, Voch Beat and Deekay join forces for an epic jam, while DJ Toke supplies the beats (7pm-2am, St 9).
Saturday is looking a little more on the quiet side, especially considering that the sale of alcohol has been banned throughout the city until Monday.
META house will screen Sally Ingleton’s The Tenth Dancer at 4pm. The 1993 film tells the remarkable story of a teacher and her pupil who are at the helm of rebuilding classical dance in Phnom Penh. META House will then screen Sleepwalking Through The Mekong at 7pm.The documentary follows the legendary Dengue Fever on their first tour to Cambodia in 2005 to perform 60s and 70s Cambodian rock n’ roll in the country where it was created and very nearly destroyed.
Sunday is, of course, the election, and things are pretty quiet in town. Most of the luxury hotels in town will still put on their usual high-end brunch deals: Raffles will be hosting Wagyu and Pavie (enjoy the recent addition of Wagyu beef), Sofitel puts on their splendid brunch and the Great Duke serves up their slightly cheaper but still very impressive alternative.
Or for something a little more relevant to what will be happening just outside the window, The Flicks shows A Cambodian Spring at 11:30am.