- Rithy Panh
The takeover of Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge in 1975 has been the subject of many memoirs, novels, and documentaries. Yet none has taken such artistic license as Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture. The director lost his family to the communist takeover at the tender age of 13 and has dealt with this cruel reality ever since in the tortured sanctum of his mind. In order to express those horrors, if not also as a means of working through them, he weaves together various media, including claymation and propaganda/news footage, to bring the reality of his childhood to vivid, if not also surreal, life. Winner of the prestigious Un Certain Regard award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this utterly unique cinematic experience gives profound insight into the nature of evil, but also ultimately into its destroyers: hope, perseverance, and the indestructibility of the human spirit. A current nominee for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Cosponsored with the Southeast Asia Program.