The missing picture

The missing picture

DVD - 2014 | French
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Explores filmmaker Rithy Panh's memories of several years from his childhood in Cambodia and the rule of the Khmer Rouge.
Publisher: [Culver City, California] :, Strand Releasing Home Video,, [2014]
2014
Branch Call Number: DVD959.6 M691p
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
laser optical,NTSC,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Franln Jul 24, 2017

Very creative way to share a memoir. I did not know anything about this piece of history.

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DesLi
May 10, 2016

Tell a story using footage & clay figurines! Very impressive! This documentary is about what happened in Cambodia when Pol Pot came to power -- slavery! Very sad but entertaining as a story!

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voisjoe1_0
Jun 20, 2015

In 1975, Cambodia, destabilized by the Vietnam War, was taken over by the Khmer Rouge, which was driven by its crazy ideology of forming an agrarian socialist society. Between 1.5 and 3.0 million people died of torture, murder and starvation as the idea was to move millions from the cities and have everybody live in the countryside. Since so much of the films of the time were deteriorated or destroyed, the director of this film replaced much of what happened by clay figures interspersed with archival film that while highly deteriorated, still was shown with all its flaws to produce a surrealistic vision of what happened. The story of this film is what happens when power hungry individuals with unrealistic ideas take over an entire country.

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0cho
Nov 10, 2014

A very well done documentary\movie. The clay figures work very well in this movie. At times the story is a bit disjointed and a bit hard to follow but the value is still there. If you want a close-up perspective of the suffering done by the Khmer Rouge, this movie is for you. Amazing how we don’t learn from our mistakes and allow this kind of suffering to still happen.

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2014

An interesting presentation of the unspeakable tragedy for Cambodians during its Khmer Rouge era using clay figures and a few grainy black and white films. Not much added to what were described in other movies as The Killing Fields and S21.

(Anyone has the complete poem of "Black Hair" by Jacques Préver cited in the film?) And finally found it today on May 5, 2016; thanks to google translate - see quotes.

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Liber_vermis
Aug 05, 2014

A powerful but quietly understated "documentary" of the Khmer Rouge genocide presented with dioramas of clay figurines interwoven with film clips from before and after the revolution. Panh's tale ends with a note of caution for contemporary Cambodia (and others).

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bibliouncommon
Jun 19, 2014

That this level of creativity could be applied to this level of atrocity gives me a glimmer of hope for our troubled universe. Rithy Panh is a genius and this film is a masterpiece! It is hard to watch, but so worthy of the effort.

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jimg2000
May 05, 2016

Complete Prévert’s poem, thanks to Google Translate:

black hair black hair
caressed by the waves
black hair black hair
mussed by the wind
Fog September
fleet behind trees
the sun is a lime
And Misery
in his empty car
trail by three blond children too
through the rubble
and goes to sea
black hair black hair
caressed by the waves
black hair black hair
mussed by the wind

With tons of iron
the debris of reinforced concrete
like a dead dog
legs in the air
The Raft of the Admiralty
lying motionless on the rollers
black hair black hair
ruffled by waves
black hair black hair
caressed by the wind
Sun
lime washed away by time
the voice of the siren
is a child's voice .
lalali lalala
the voice of the siren
is a child's voice .

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jimg2000
May 05, 2016

Repost, disappeared, first posted on Aug 10, 2014:

My father came from a poor family, he was believing in education. He dreamed of sending to school his sisters and brothers, his children, his ancestors ... so that we can become a free people. He did not abandon us: he taught us what freedom is. I still have the feeling that his soul returned to our house. Finally he can recite the Prévert’s poem he loved so much:

“Black hair, black hair,
Caressed by the waves

Black hair, black hair,
Tousled by the winds”

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jimg2000
May 05, 2016

Repost, disappeared, first posted on Aug 10, 2014:

It took me years to learn how to walk barefoot over thorns. Muddy water is flowing down my throat. I am disappearing little by little, I am nothing. It is strange to drink mud. The buffaloes are looking at us:
All these men are strange, they drink our water.

The Nestle tin becomes our measurement unit. It can contain 250g of rice. Famine spread quickly: Every day we have to share these 250g. It is divided into 7 parts, into 16, then into 25. We share hunger.

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2014

My father came from a poor family, he was believing in education.

He dreamed of sending to school his sisters and brothers, his children, his ancestors ... so that we can become a free people.

He did not abandon us:
he taught us what freedom is.
I still have the feeling that his soul returned to our house.

Finally he can recite the Prévert’s poem he loved so much:

“Black hair, black hair,
Caressed by the waves

Black hair, black hair,
Tousled by the winds”

...

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2014

It took me years to learn how to walk barefoot over thorns. Muddy water is flowing down my throat. I am disappearing little by little, I am nothing. It is strange to drink mud. The buffaloes are looking at us:
All these men are strange, they drink our water.

The Nestle tin becomes our measurement unit. It can contain 250g of rice. Famine spread quickly: Every day we have to share these 250g. It is divided into 7 parts, into 16, then into 25. We share hunger.

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