The Missing Picture: Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

The Missing Picture (2014) is a profoundly stirring documentary that takes you on a journey into the heart and soul of Cambodia’s Killing Fields like you’ve never experienced before.

Using painstakingly hand carved clay figurines, filmmaker Rithy Panh re-creates the missing pictures of life during the Khmer Rouge in a way that touches upon your deepest emotions, evoking a sense of connection with the characters so deep that you can almost feel the father’s humiliation when he can’t protect his children, the mother’s anguish as her toddler starves to death, and the 13-year-old boy’s confusion as he is left alone in a shattered world.

That 13-year-old boy was Rithy Panh, and now, almost four decades later, his soulful documentary has reclaimed the very thing that the Khmer Rouge sought to obliteratehuman individuality and dignity.

Although some of the pictures are difficult to watch, they aren’t missing anymore.

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