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White Building

White Building

Kavich Neang

Cambodia, France, China, Qatar | 2021 | Genre: Drama, Youth/Teen, Social Issue | first feature film | running time: 90’

TFL Awards

TFL Audience Design Fund 2020 (€ 45.000)
consultancy with TFL experts Catherine Chan and Petar Mitric - online, September 2020

The TFL Funds are supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union

festivals & awards

Orizzonti, Venice Film Festival 2021 / Best Actor to Piseth Chhun


20-year-old Samnang and two of his friends live in the White Building, a landmark tenement in Phnom Penh. In this fast-changing city, the three boys practice their dance routine dreaming of television talent contests while their parents lead a more traditional lifestyle.
But the White Building is to be demolished. Samnang observes his father unsuccessfully attempting to bring together his divided neighbors on the government’s compensation offers for residents to move out, and he must face his best friend’s departure from Cambodia.
Samnang finds that the stable environment he has always called home is on shaky ground.


White Building
original title

White Building


Drama, Youth/Teen, Social Issue


Cambodia, France, China, Qatar

running time


produced by

Anti-Archive (Cambodia), Apsara Films (France) - co-delegate producers

in co-production with

Xstream Pictures (China), Kongchak Pictures (Cambodia)

directed by

Kavich Neang

written by

Kavich Neang, Daniel Mattes


Les Films du Losange

Samnang faces the demolition of his lifelong home in Phnom Penh coupled with pressures from family, friends, and neighbours, which all arise and intersect at this moment of sudden change.
TFL Awards

TFL Audience Design Fund 2020 (€ 45.000)

Kavich Neang

Scriptwriter, Film Director, Production