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Wilson College Film and Dinner Series Takes Armchair Travelers to Burma and Cambodia

Posted: February 4, 2011

2/4/2011 Two of the lesser-known Asian countries, Burma and Cambodia, have several things in common, including a history of political tyranny that continues to this day, and astonishing remnants of historical cultures. These two nations and their resilient peoples are the focus of the next offering in the Wilson College World Travel Film and Ethnic Dinner Series, to be held Thursday, Feb. 24.
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DATE: Feb. 4, 2011
CONTACT: Kathy Lehman, Director of Conferences and Special Events
Phone: 717-262-2003
Email: kathy.lehman@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Two of the lesser-known Asian countries, Burma and Cambodia, have several things in common, including a history of political tyranny that continues to this day, and astonishing remnants of historical cultures. These two nations and their resilient peoples are the focus of the next offering in the Wilson College World Travel Film and Ethnic Dinner Series, to be held Thursday, Feb. 24.

In “Burma and Cambodia: Lands of Conflict,” documentary filmmaker Buddy Hatton takes armchair travelers on a whirlwind tour of these two unique and beautiful nations. The evening also includes a buffet dinner of dishes representative of these countries at 6 p.m. in Laird Hall, followed by the film and lecture by Hatton at 7 p.m. in Thomson Hall’s Alumnae Chapel.

The dinner menu includes: bean sprout salad (Cambodia), Burmese chicken curry (Burma), coconut rice (Burma), sweet and sour vegetables (Cambodia) and coconut bananas (Cambodia).

Reservations are required for the dinner and tickets must be purchased at least one week in advance. Tickets for the dinner are: $18.25 per meal for adults, senior citizens and students ages 10 to 18; and $11 for children under 10.

Burma remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world, possessing a breathtaking beauty and charm, and offering all the traditional delights of Asia in one fascinating country. In the film, Hatton explores the current cry for democracy from its people, who have endured 20 years of dictators and military juntas.

The story of modern Cambodia is dark and steeped in bloodshed and tragedy. The capital city, Phnom Penh, has a French look about it, with wide boulevards and avenues, colonial-era French architecture and roundabouts. But that era ended with the Killing Fields that brought four years of ethnic cleansing and doom for the Cambodian people. Today, residents are rebuilding their lives. Hatton visits the breathtaking temples of Angkor, which have survived the wars and are on the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Heritage Sites and Wonders of the World lists.

Hatton has worked in the entertainment business his entire career, working in every phase – from record producer and talent manager to commercial spokesman for major corporations. After a successful career in radio, which earned him a faithful following of listeners in San Francisco, Hatton conquered television, winning two prestigious Percy Awards as Canada’s male television entertainer of the year. Now, his talented cinematography and warm stage presence delights audiences in the travel film industry.

Tickets to the film and lecture are $6.75 for adults, $5.75 for seniors, $2.75 for children ages 10 to 18; children under 10 get in free. Seating is unreserved, but attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. If seats are available, additional single tickets for the film can be purchased at the door Thursday evening.

Call the Wilson College Office of Conferences and Special Events at 717-262-2003 to make reservations or order tickets online at www.wilson.edu. Click on “Events and Conferences,” then on “World Travel Film and Dinner Series.”

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Last Updated: June 30, 2011