Grabbing the Blue Tiger : The Past and Future of Northern Khmer Musical Arts

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Film Synopsis
This film documents traditional kandrim, an art form among Khmer speakers in northeastern Thailand. Kandrim features the extemporaneous production of lyrics connected to traditional meters and is regarded by its practitioners as a vital component of Northern Khmer heritage. The focus on kandrim reveals a high degree of ambivalence about the connection between literacy and heritage among Northern Khmer speakers.

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