rithy panh

Filmmaker, Cambodia

Rithy Panh is a Cambodian filmmaker. A survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, his films touch on the subject of the Cambodian Genocide and the Khmer Rouge which perpetrated it. His film Rice People (1994) was in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

His documentary, S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2003) Khmer Rouge’s Tuol Sleng prison, reunited former prisoners of Tuol Sleng (of which there were only 7 known survivors out of over 20,000 people imprisoned there), including the artist Vann Nath, and their former captors, for a chilling, confrontational review of Cambodia’s violent history.

His 2013 film The Missing Picture was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the top prize and it was nominated at the Oscars for Best Foreign Language film.

He’s also the director of Bangsokol: Requiem for Cambodia, a massive stage production with composer Him Sophy, also a survivor of the Cambodian genocide. The production has toured Melbourne, Taipei, New York, Boston and Paris.

Rithy is one of the co-founders of Bophana Center, an audiovisual center dedicated to the  preservation of Cambodia’s film, photographic and audio history, alongside the mission to educate and train the next generations of Cambodian filmmakers.

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Rithy Panh was in Penang for George Town Festival 2016 – Arts for Humanity talk programme with the late founder of Burning Man Festival, Larry Harvey. He came to Penang again in 2018 for the screening of First They Killed My Father, directed by Angelina Jolie, of which he is a producer.

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rithy panh

Filmmaker, Cambodia

Rithy Panh is a Cambodian filmmaker. A survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, his films touch on the subject of the Cambodian Genocide and the Khmer Rouge which perpetrated it. His film Rice People (1994) was in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

His documentary, S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2003) Khmer Rouge’s Tuol Sleng prison, reunited former prisoners of Tuol Sleng (of which there were only 7 known survivors out of over 20,000 people imprisoned there), including the artist Vann Nath, and their former captors, for a chilling, confrontational review of Cambodia’s violent history.

His 2013 film The Missing Picture was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the top prize and it was nominated at the Oscars for Best Foreign Language film.

He’s also the director of Bangsokol: Requiem for Cambodia, a massive stage production with composer Him Sophy, also a survivor of the Cambodian genocide. The production has toured Melbourne, Taipei, New York, Boston and Paris.

Rithy is one of the co-founders of Bophana Center, an audiovisual center dedicated to the  preservation of Cambodia’s film, photographic and audio history, alongside the mission to educate and train the next generations of Cambodian filmmakers.

Rithy Panh was in Penang for George Town Festival 2016 – Arts for Humanity talk programme with the late founder of Burning Man Festival, Larry Harvey. He came to Penang again in 2018 for the screening of First They Killed My Father, directed by Angelina Jolie, of which he is a producer.

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