Director: Rithy Panh, 2013, Cambodia, 90 mins, UK Premiere, Asia House
Screening will be followed by a Panel Discussion
The winner of Un Certain Regard section of Cannes in 2013 and nominated for an Academy Award, this stunning documentary uses a variety of visual mediums to explore the topic of genocide and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.Detailing award-winning director Rithy Panh’s attempts to recover and recreate a lost image from the period of Cambodia’s recent tragic history, The Missing Picture‘s use of claymation and archive footage offers a moving contemplation of memory and healing.
The perfect film for an in-depth discussion hosted at Asia House as part of the Pan-Asia Film Festival, this film addresses one of the most sensitive subjects of recent Asian history in film, and like the recent The Act of Killing, offers a window for deeper understanding of these events.
A panel of experts will also be present to discuss The Missing Picture after it is screened at Asia House. They include Nick Bradshaw, Web Editor for Sight & Sound, who has previously written about The Missing Picture and has also interviewed its director; Dr Leshu Torchin, an expert in how film and media bear witness to human rights abuses and specifically genocide and the author of Creating the Witness: Documenting Genocide on Film, Video, and the Internet; and Andrew Johnston, who is a PhD candidate at SOAS who has conducted about 100 interviews with perpetrators and victims of the regime.
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