The Cambodian administration are using a strange weapon in their "Popular War", launched in March and aimed at promoting nationalism, establishing village self security organisations, recruiting and combating war profiteering.
SV People crossing river
SV People carrying baggage...women & children, past blown up bridge
SV Troops unloading concert party trailer (2 shots)
CV Package labelled URBA Folk Dance Troupe Cambodia
SV Stage being prepared
SV Actors on stage performing slapstick comedy about Viet Cong
SV Musicians playing ZOOM BACK TO dance
SV Male & female group dancing
CV Girl in peacock dance
SV Audience applaud
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Background: The Cambodian administration are using a strange weapon in their "Popular War", launched in March and aimed at promoting nationalism, establishing village self security organisations, recruiting and combating war profiteering.
It is the Folk Dance Troupe of the Universities Royale des Beaux Artes (University of Fine Arts). Inspired largely by the energy of Hang Thun Hak, Minister of Community Development and third Vice President in the new Cambodian cabinet, the troupe are travelling extensively through the countryside, promoting through their productions the ideals of the Popular War.
Visnews cameraman Jim Gerrand travelled with them to shoot this example of their work.
SYNOPSIS: The people of Cambodia are engaged upon what their new Government has called, since March, the Popular War.
With the Viet Cong active through the country, the Government has launched a campaign at promoting nationalism, establishing village self-security organisations, recruiting, and combating war profiteering. And one of their weapons in this attempt to hold off the influence of a powerful enemy is a troupe of folk dancers.
They are members of the University of Fine Arts. Inspired largely by the energetic Hang Thun Hak, Minister of Community Development, they travel the countryside and enact the ideals of the new campaign.
Slapstick comedy about the Viet Cong is a favourite with both the troupe and their audience. Here, in the village of Kompong Chnang, they use a typical story of a ghost who strangles Viet Cong. The troupe were formed six years ago under Prince Norodom Sihanouk, who intended to use them as an instructional device to acquaint foreigners with Cambodian folk lore and to present the Cambodians themselves with illustrations of their folk heritage. Under the circumstances, they now have a somewhat more significant part to play.