Henry Art Gallery
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Waiting List for The Missing Picture Screening + Q/A

Rithy Panh is a Walker Ames guest scholar sponsored by the Graduate School and the Southeast Asia Center at the University of Washington. The Henry is excited to host this screening and Q&A with Panh on the occasion of his visit.

The critically acclaimed, THE MISSING PICTURE, a 2014 Oscar® nominee for Best Foreign Language film, is filmmaker Rithy Panh’s personal quest to re-imagine his childhood memories. From the time when the Khmer Rouge ruled over Cambodia between 1975 and 1979, the only recorded artifacts that remain are propaganda footage. Panh uses beautifully sculpted clay figurines and elaborate 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.

Rithy Panh (b. 1964, Phnom Penh) is an award-winning filmmaker known for his innovative practice that includes re-enactment, animation, and improvisation in addition to more traditional techniques of documentary and narrative cinema. His films deal with genocide and its effects, memory, living at the margins of Cambodia's present modernity, and French colonialism in Indochina and in Africa. His 2013 Film The Missing Picture won the Jury prize in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, and was nominated for an Oscar. Panh is also an archivist and educator. He co-founded the Bophana Center, which is dedicated to repatriating and preserving film, photography, and audio materials related to Cambodian history. In addition to maintaining this unique archive, open to the public, the Bophana Center hosts regular screenings and workshops, trains Cambodians in media-making, and produces new audiovisual projects.

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