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HSS_EG Filmhouse - The Missing picture

The Missing Picture (L'image manquante)

Rithy Panh Cambodia/France 2013 DCP 96 minutesRated 12A - Contains references to killings and atrocitiesDocumentary.

Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh has spent his career documenting and reflecting on the atrocities committed in his homeland by the Khmer Rouge. During Pol Pot’s dictatorship, Panh watched most of his family members disappear – some were taken away, others died slowly of starvation. In The Missing Picture, Panh revisits his own memories of those four years in the late 70s when millions of lives were extinguished and a culture was almost eradicated, through spoken words and 'missing' images. Since all personal belongings were destroyed by the regime, Panh actually had to create his images of his family life and pre-1975 Phnom Penh out of clay, plasticene, fabrics and other materials. The stillness of these little dioramas, of scenes both good (bustling streets, cosy kitchens and living rooms) and bad (life on a collective farm, working in the fields), acquires sad, unearthly overtones – this is a becalmed and lucid recounting of a nightmare.  "This isn't just another arthouse film, but a powerful testament to incredible human resilience." - Time Out

After the 5.55pm screening on Tuesday 18 February there will be an open discussion on the issues raised by the film, led by a representative of the Humanist Society of Scotland. Humanism is an ethical stance which asserts that we can lead good lives guided by compassion and reason, rather than religion or superstition.

This event is free, and tickets will soon be available from the Filmhouse box office.

Book online or call the booking line:[masked] 2688. 

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