Asian Movie Pulse | Rouven Linnarz
"The message could not be more obvious about how the building, despite its decaying structures, has become a home, a source of life and history which is now in the (bureaucratic) process of being demolished and replaced."
Toronto Film Critics Association | José Teodoro
"Racing against time, he [Neang] shot a documentary instead, one made in a spirit akin to that of Pedro Costa’s In Vanda’s Room."
University of Westminster (London, UK); CREAM | May Adadol Ingawanij, Professor of Cinematic Arts at the University of Westminster and Co-director of the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media
"A new wave film that looks beyond the lives of the young, asserting the depth of relational bonds – neighbourly kinship, ancestrally forceful sense of place – as, at least for now, spiritual force."
"The shots of the almost empty corridors in the process of being made to disappear points to that space in its potentiality. This was here. This corridor here was where bodies mingled, songs from different eras and sounds from different worlds mixed, and where doors that might have shut out each unit of dwelling persisted in remaining ajar until the day they came down."
University of Sussex | James Harvey, Lecturer in Film Studies
"Cambodian filmmaker Kavich Neang’s painterly study of the evicted residents of Phnom Penh’s White Building."
University of Colorado Boulder | Lauren Collins,Assistant Professor and Director of the Asian Studies Program
"The history of the white building intersects with the history of arts development in Cambodia, as well as widening economic gaps that are impacted by foreign investment from China, Japan, and other countries looking to profit off the high growth rate that Cambodia has."