The Missing Picture
Directed by Rithy Panh
Cambodia, France / 92 mins / PG13 – Some Disturbing Scenes
In 1975, 13-year-old Rithy Panh and his family were taken away from their home, and sent to “re-education” camps along with the rest of Cambodia. There, the hostages found themselves either compelled to do hard labour or tortured and killed. All this to destroy social divisions and bring a professedly triumphant revolution.
Combining propaganda newsreels with animated scenes featuring clay and wooden figurines, Panh’s documentary is ironically stylised like a fairytale, and that only elevates the terror and brutality. The Missing Picture premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, clinching the top prize. It was also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
A survivor of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, Rithy Panh was a refugee in Thailand before moving to France, where he studied at the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques. He returned to Cambodia in 1990 and has been making documentaries since then. Panh also co-founded the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh.
CAST & INFORMATION
Rithy Panh, Christophe Bataille
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