Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday urged local writers and producers to collectively produce more songs and short documentaries to help allay fears over COVID-19.
“I would like to call on the public to overcome their fears and take preventive measures as instructed by the Health Ministry,” he said. “I would also like to call on artistes to write songs and produce short films related to [COVID-19] education.”
Mr Hun Sen said the government has already produced educational message about the coronavirus by using the arts as a tool.
He said the Information Ministry’s Radio National of Kampuchea has composed a song about the COVID-19 situation recently, in an effort to educate people about the critical impact of the virus to the nation and population.
Kham Phouri, managing director and film director of Apsara Mera Production, said he has yet to produce any content on the virus and has recommended to most of his fellow artistes to start sharing educational messages on their own.
Many leading artistes, including Mean Sonita, Zono, Ting Tong, You Kamonrath, Nakhon, and others have created and aired videos about preventive tips for COVID-19 on their social media platforms.
Mr Phouri, added he is helping fellow artistes to produce a song in conjunction with COVID-19 preventive education campaigns and the upcoming Khmer New Year festival.
He said he is also helping Ma Chanpanha, a well-known singer among youths, to produce a new set of songs to be published soon.
Neang Sotheary, managing director of Script Lab, welcomed Mr Hun Sen’s call but said producing artistic content also requires budgetary support.
“If the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Fine Arts support us, I’m sure a lot of filmmaker will propose it,” she said.