Spotlight on Cambodian Film Makers - Part 2
A screening program centred around works that inspired Skin Shade Night Day.
July 23 2022
3pm to 5pm
Curated by Allison Chhorn and presented as part of Skin Shade Night Day, this screening program centres around works that inspired her exhibition, spotlighting Cambodian film-makers whose works, like Chhorn, explore themes of memory, family and the legacy of cultural trauma.
“These Cambodian film-makers share a responsibility that resonates very closely to my own practice — responding to current ways of living that are in danger of being lost while also recognising their inevitable end by capturing their memory” – Allison Chhorn.
Feature Image: The Rice People (1994), film still. Courtesy Rithy Panh.
The Rice People
Director: Rithy Panh
Cambodia, 1994, 125 min
Khmer with English subtitles
Synopsis: A remarkable debut feature film from Cambodia’s most internationally celebrated film-maker Rithy Panh, The Rice People chronicles a few critical months in the life of a peasant farming family struggling to eke out a living in a deeply scarred, post-Khmer Rouge society. Adapted from a novel by Shahnon Ahmad, The Rice People was the first Cambodian film (co-produced with France and Germany) to be nominated for a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, in 1994.
Rithy Panh (b. 1964, Phnom Penh) is an internationally acclaimed Cambodian film director and screenwriter, as well as the nation’s most recognised and respected film figure. A survivor of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime (1975–1979), Rithy’s fiction films such as The Rice People (1994) and One Evening After the War (1998), as well as documentaries S–21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2003), Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell (2011) and the extraordinary, Academy Award nominated The Missing Picture (2013) has seen him dedicate much of his career to investigating the campaign of genocide as well as the act of memorializing its victims.
This project is supported by the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia.