OSCAR NOMINEE! Propaganda reels and hundreds of clay figures cleverly combine in this autobiographical documentary of childhood under the Khmer Rouge. As the only family survivor of Pol Pot’s reign of terror, Cambodian-French director Rithy Panh has been searching for images all his life. While already a pre-eminent filmmaker and chronicler of Cambodia’s genocide, he shifts to his own childhood recollections with The Missing Picture. Unable to locate a photo, Panh uses hundreds of clay figures to convey the action; hand-carved and hand-painted, these figures stand in for Panh’s parents and family, along with key perpetrators. Scratchy, monochrome stills from archival propaganda footage are eerily juxtaposed with these colourful, miniature people.
Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.