VISUAL ARTS CAMBODIA

The Missing Picture

An exemplary case of the imperative to bear witness.

Film Comment Magazine

A screening of a vital film by one of the world’s leading film-makers, Rithy Panh.

Director Rithy Panh

A screening of a vital film by one of the world’s leading film-makers, with a post-screening Q&A with the film’s director, and director of the world premiere of A Requiem for Cambodia: Bangsokol, Rithy Panh.

In Cambodia's first Oscar nominated film, director Rithy Panh uses clay animated figures, archival footage and voice-over narration to tell a deeply personal story. Starting with a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia, Panh uses the image as a source of contemplation, meditation and as a verbal and visual record of genocide.

The only surviving records of the Cambodian genocide are the propaganda images and films that the Khmer Rouge created, compelling Panh to recreate the 'missing picture' between the state sanctioned lies. In the process creating a powerful document on the potency of the moving image and the brave act of bearing witness.

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