Talk No.2- Conversation with NICO MESTERHARM, the founder of the German Cambodian Cultural Center — known as the Meta House Goethe-Center, Phnom Penh Cambodia.
In this conversation, we talk about the changes that happened in the last two years in Cambodia, life, and art.
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German journalist and documentary filmmaker Nico Mesterharm came to Cambodia in the early 2000s to direct/produce films for European and German TV.
He founded the Cambodian-German Cultural Center Meta House in 2007 together with his wife Sopheak Sao, also a filmmaker by trade.
Nicolaus Mesterharm was awarded the “Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany” in 2018.
Meta House Goethe-Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Cambodian-German Cultural Center “Meta House Goethe-Center” was established in January 2007 in the capital Phnom Penh as a creative platform for the nascent Cambodian arts and media scene. What once started as a small community center in a private house has grown into an award-winning cultural center. In the course of the last decade, Meta House has won several accolades, from “Best Cambodian Art Space” to “South-East-Asia’s Top Arts NGO”.
At the heart of David’s work is human rights. He has worked for causes within Australia and overseas, such as women’s rights and educational disparity, sex trafficking, witch burning and indigenous issues. He has worked with many populations that have been subject to extreme social and environmental events such as the survivors from the Khmer Rouge era in Cambodia, indigenous tribes, bushfire survivors and the journeys of many refugees. These causes have taken him around Australia and to countries such as Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Nepal, Indonesia and Tonga.