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Cambodian Film Mini-Series

Liberty and Justice Film Series

Presented by Boston Asian American Film Festival

DEC 1 - 9, 2017


Rithy Panh

Rithy Panh | Director, Designer, Filmmaker | Cambodia

Rithy Panh was born in Phnom Penh, but expelled from the capital by the Khmer Rouge as a 11-year-old child in 1975. He escaped to Thailand in 1979, and lived for a time in a refugee camp in Mairut. He later made his way to Paris, France, and graduated from the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques. He returned to Cambodia in 1990, and now splits his time between Paris and Phnom Penh.

An internationally-acclaimed documentary director and screenwriter, he was named Asian Filmmaker of the Year by the Busan International Film Festival in 2013. He is the first Cambodian filmmaker ever to be nominated for an Oscar, for The Missing Picture in 2013. In the same year he received a prize in the “Un Certain Regard” category at the Cannes Festival. His documentary S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine was awarded the prestigious Albert Londres Prize in 2004. Most recently, he worked as producer for Angelina Jolie’s film First They Killed My Father, based on Luong UNG’s memoir, released in September 2017.

PANH is also the founder of the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh, which makes film, photography and sound archives on Cambodia publicly available, and trains a new generation of Cambodian filmmakers and multimedia technicians.