THE MISSING PICTURE
Dir. Rithy Panh
1100 - 1300 Sunday 31st July 2016
Ahead of his upcoming new film, we wanted to bring you director Rithy Panh's startlingly original work, which uses handmade clay figurines and detailed dioramas to recount the suffering of Panh's family at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime following the communist victory in Cambodia in 1975. This is his most autobiographical and eerily beautiful film on the subject to date, exploring the suffering his own family endured after the Khmer Rouge entered Panh's hometown of Phnom Penh through a novel, and daring, artistic strategy: as all extant visual material from the period is sheer Khmer Rouge propaganda, Panh visualizes the events through the use of handmade clay figurines and detailed dioramas. Provocative, painful, and ultimately transcendent,The Missing Picture transforms Panh's search for a seemingly irrecoverable past into both an artistic and a historical triumph.