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THE MISSING PICTURE

Director: Rithy Pahn

90 minutes, Cambodia-France, 2013, Colour, D-Cinema


This film opens on January 3rd. Tickets are on sale now.

Rithy Panh is a documentarian whose work has predominantly dealt with Cambodian history, specifically the period between 1975 and 1979 when Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge ruled the country in tyranny. Panh himself spent time in labour camps as a child, and The Missing Picture is a reflection on that period from his middle age, his search for images or proof that could possibly illustrate the atrocities many witnessed.

With scant documentation from the period of communist dictatorship, Panh recreates scenes using exquisitely crafted clay figures, which appear alongside rare archive footage, some of it shot by the regime itself, while his mannered voice-over narrates tales from the killing fields. Awarded the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes 2013, The Missing Picture is an inventive, mesmerising film of depth and significance, documentary filmmaking of a different class. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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