The Department of Media and Communication (DMC) officially launched the Mapping Memories Cambodia (MMC) mobile application and website on February 2.
The MMC project is the output of DMC’s Batch 15 and 16, with the department’s objective to let its students use their creative talents in creating a campaign that will have a great impact to the Cambodian society.
During last week’s launching at the open grounds of DMC, about 200 students and teachers celebrated the milestone of the DMC batches behind the project.
The MMC Project is aimed to urge the young generation to consume modern technology in beneficial and educational ways, such as to further research and learn about the Khmer Rouge regime. The app and website will also serve as a platform for a dialogue between the elders and younger generation about the tragic experiences during Year Zero.
Chan Muyhong, project manager of MMC, said, “The app and website tells location-based stories of the Khmer Rouge regime by identifying and marking places in the Cambodian map that had been significant to that period. We have marked more than 50 places in 18 provinces and cities across Cambodia including Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap and Kampong Thom provinces”.
Users can read and listen to stories told by survivors, experts and historians in multimedia format as they will be guided to where historical events had happened during the dark era. Both the website and the app will contain accurate details on forced marriages, excessive forced labour, religious persecutions, maritime disputes, the use of the Angkor Wat temple for Khmer Rouge foreign diplomacy.
DMC collaborated with the Civil Peace Service (CPS) and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) to make the MMC project possible.
DMC started the project in February 2018 and will be completed next month. The contents of the app and the website will be kept updated by the next batches of DMC.
The makers of the app are positive that many students will be more engrossed to study the Khmer history with the app. With MMC, young Cambodians will be able to have deeper understanding on the stories of their parents and grandparents; thus, bridging the gap between the old and present generations.
The mobile application can be downloaded for free on Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
The website, www.mappingmemoriescambodia.com is also now up for browsing.