The Missing Picture
L'image manquante
The Missing Picture
Rithy Panh // Cambodia, France // 2013 // 92 min // Original with English sub. // 12+

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For many years, I have been looking for the missing picture: a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia. On its own, of course, an image cannot prove mass murder, but it gives us cause for thought, prompts us to meditate, to record history. I searched for it vainly in the archives, in old papers, in the country villages of Cambodia. Today I know: this image must be missing. I was not really looking for it; would it not be obscene and insignificant? So I created it. What I give you today is neither the picture nor the search for a unique image, but the picture of a quest: the quest that cinema allows.

Born in Cambodia in 1964, Rithy Panh and his family suffered under the Khmer Rouge regime before Rithy Panh could escape to Thailand and then France. After graduating from a film school in France, he directed many films that became the voice of Cambodia and the victims of the regime, which won many prestigious awards, including Special Mention at Cannes 2013.