LOMORPICH RITHY

Lomorpich, aka YoKi Cöcö, an independent filmmaker, a young cultural innovator, is a founder of Plerng Kob (meaning campfire), a collaboration community, a dynamic young group of individuals passionate about the arts. With her group, it’s Plerng Kob found Bonn Phum (Village Festival), a folklore festival showcasing Cambodian culture which will take place in Kandal Village, 10 km south of Phnom Penh. This year is Yoki’s 6th festival after a very successful first and second year welcomed over 100,000 visitors each year.

She was nominated as 2016’s Young Cultural Innovators of Salzburg Global Seminar and Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative 2017.

She is also a promoter of Sovannaphum Arts association, while currently working re-system and restructure Sovannaphum Arts Association, which association found in 1994 by Mann  Kosal to revive Sbek Thom shadow puppetry, an art form lost during the Khmer Rouge regime. She also share hands on her phase 2 of a full-length feature film about Sbek Thom and a short film about Cambodian shadow performance, ‘The Last Puppet’.

Currently, she has just finished her first feature film, Young Love, which will be released in cinema this year.

She is a graduate from the Department of Media and Communication (DMC), at the Royal University of Phnom Penh and a former producer/director at BBC Media Action Cambodia.

Yoki believes in the power storytelling and the arts have to inspire and unite people. She has engaged a number of young arts enthusiasts to work with her on the festival to create and stimulate vibrant cultural and economic activity in Kandal Village.