Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia

Bangsokol is a vital act of memory

Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia is a multi-disciplinary stage production combining music, film, movement and voice. HIM Sophy’s composition embraces musical traditions from both Cambodia and the West, while Rithy PANH’s poetic visuals tell the story of Cambodia’s tragedy. Bangsokol hopes to serve as an inspiration for post-conflict societies around the world – to rebuild, transmit and innovate through arts. It offers a space for healing for those who have suffered violent conflict and forced migration, and honors those who have passed away. With a cast of performers from the emerging to the iconic, Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia is an essential act of memory, reconciliation and peace.

Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia is an extraordinary new composition fusing music, voice, movement, and visuals. It is the first major symphonic work that addresses the traumas of the late 1970s in Cambodia, and the first collaboration between contemporaries Rithy PANH and HIM Sophy, both survivors of the Khmer Rouge and now at the forefront of Cambodia’s cultural renaissance. Find out more!

Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia incorporates the form of the Western requiem, contextualizing it in Khmer culture with bangsokol, a ceremony that accompanies Cambodian funeral rites. This word references both the white cloth placed over the deceased during a Buddhist funeral and the ritual surrounding the removal of the cloth. It is this act that signifies transmigration into the next life: the ritual through which the spirits of the dead find rest. Find out more!

Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia (Trailer)