Shame and social stigma prevented most women from reporting the abuse, and it prevented many from even seeking medical attention.
The festival held in the capital, Phnom Penh, runs Dec. 4-10 and is screening 130 films from 34 countries.
The Water Festival is generally held in November, a tributary of the Mekong River, changes course, due to monsoon rains that fill up its source lake in the Cambodian interior.
A 2013 research showed that six of 14 skin-whitening creams had levels of mercury higher than allowed in Asean or the US.
“Sex, Love, and Money in Cambodia: Professional Girlfriends and Transactional Relationships” looks at the intimate lives of Cambodian women and the idea of “transactional relationships.”
An exhibit of the project is currently running at the Bophana Center in Phnom Penh.
The festival, the first of its kind in the coastal town, will include writers, songwriters, singers and journalists.
Phare’s performance “Khmer Metal” was applauded by the audience, some reacting with the words:“Now that was circus!”
Cambodia has in recent years received hundreds of pieces of antiquity, returned by foreign governments and private collectors alike.
With garlands and trumpets, some 200 government officials paid their respects to the late King Norodom Sihanouk, who died three years ago in Beijing.
Hun Sen warned against political messages of change, such as those that have transpired since the Arab Spring.
More than 800 indigenous people in Mondulkiri province are seeking to oust the provincial governor, who is accused of violating the rights of the ethnic minority.