Lveate Centrestone Public Library, Cambodia: Bringing hidden history to life

Case study about a library oral history project that shed light on people's experience under the brutal Pol Pot regime

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TYPE:
Case Study
AUTHOR:
EIFL-PLIP
DATE:
May 2011
DOCUMENT LANGUAGE:
English
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This oral history project trained librarians to interview Lveate villagers about their experiences under the brutal regime of Pol Pot (1975-79), a period which is remembered for mass executions, unjust imprisonment, forced labour and starvation. The project aims to end the silence about the regime and encourage understanding between the generations. In 2010/11, the library filmed 115 interviews with villagers. Villagers, teachers and students watch and discuss the interviews at the library.

The project was initiated with support from the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) in 2010. The case study is based on impact assessment conducted by the library in 2011.