The Missing Picture

Directed by Rithy Panh| Written by Rithy Panh

The Missing Picture recounts director Rithy Panh's firsthand experience of his family and friends' suffering at the hands of Pol Pot's communist regime. It tells how citizens were rounded up and taken to labor camps and how personal effects were destroyed.  Since most of the existing recorded artifacts of that time are propaganda footage, Panh utilizes beautifully sculpted clay figurines and elaborately detailed dioramas to recreate the missing images from his memory. His recollections of his family and friends before and after the regime's rule are poignantly told through a narrator's poetic voice, as written by Panh. THE MISSING PICTURE is a unique documentary that manages to recreate a historical moment that would never be told if not for the sheer creative mind of Panh and his innovative storytelling method. 

Winner of the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for the 2014 Oscars.

French with English subtitles.
Available on iTunes and DVD
 

US Distribution: Strand Releasing


The Missing Picture (2013)
92 min, Documentary, Cambodia-France, 2013
With Jean-Baptiste Phou and Randal Douc

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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