Grabbing the Blue Tiger : The Past and Future of Northern Khmer Musical Arts
Language: Northern Khmer with English subtitles
Year of production: 2013
This film by Chaimongkol Chalermsukjitsri and Peter Vail documents traditional kandrim, an art form among Khmer speakers in northeastern Thailand. Kandrim features the extemporaneous production of lyrics connected to traditional meters and is regarded by its practitioners as a vital component of Northern Khmer heritage. The focus on kandrim reveals a high degree of ambivalence about the connection between literacy and heritage among Northern Khmer speakers.
The documentary is one of many research projects of the Culture and Rights Project of the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre in Bangkok. Latest news from the project can be found on their homepage.