Cambodian film to be screened

Published April 10, 2014

A screening of “The Missing Picture,” the 2013 film by Cambodian director Rithy Panh and the first from the country nominated for the Academy Award in the foreign film category, will take place at 5 p.m. April 22 in the Screening Room, 112 Center for the Arts, North Campus.

The screening is sponsored by the Center for Global Media, the Asian Studies Program and the Department of History.

Tanya Shilina-Conte of the Department of Media Study will offer introductory remarks; Liana Vardi of the Department of History will lead the post-screening discussion.

“The Missing Picture” explores the childhood memories Panh, who spent four years living in the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge era in Cambodia left more than 1.7 million people dead from starvation, medical neglect, slave-like working conditions and execution. Panh’s personal story is depicted via carved clay figurines, overlaid by archival footage and narration.

The film screening serves as a prelude to an international symposium, “The Rwandan Genocide: Twenty Years Later,” being held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 24 in 120 Clemens Hall, North Campus. For more information on the symposium, see related story.

Both events are free and open to the public.