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The Missing Picture

Directed by Rithy Panh

“A powerful testament to incredible human resilience.” —Time Out

Phnom Penh–born director Rithy Panh moved to Paris after the Khmer Rouge forced him and his family from his home and into a labor camp in 1975. “A gripping, fascinating and visually arresting memoir” (Film.com), The Missing Picture explores his quest for a “photograph” taken between the years 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia.

Mixing together animated clay figures, archival footage, and his own narration, Panh forms a deeply haunting and personal account of his experience with the Khmer Rouge in an effort to uncover untold stories of the many who suffered and those who survived under Pol Pot’s rule. The Missing Picture won the Un Certain Regard Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award. 2013, Cambodia/France, DCP, 95 minutes.


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