The Missing Picture
2013, Rithy Panh, Cambodia/France, 92 min.
- Fri, Mar 16th 4:00pm
- Tue, Mar 20th 6:00pm
"Unlike anything I've ever seen...so immediate, so vital, it practically breathes. " — Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
The problem of representing atrocity and genocide is a crucial and all too necessary one in modern art and history. Director Panh (S21), himself a childhood survivor of the Cambodian killing fields, revisits the regime of terror that exterminated his family and millions of others in the name of ideological purity. Little documentation exists, so Panh uses only snippets of archival footage while visualizing the past primarily through childlike dioramas peopled with clay figures. This haunting device both distances and intensifies the events, as the "missing picture" is handed over to our own imaginations. In English and French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
Tuesday lecture by Nora Annesley Taylor, Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago