The Missing Picture
aka L'Image manquante First screened in September 2013
Director: Rithy Panh. Experimental documentary using stock footage and clay-figure dioramas to recount the bloody history and aftermath of the Khmer Rouge's takeover of Cambodia in 1975. Screenplay: Rithy Panh and Christophe Bataille. Twitter Capsule:
Moving memoir, vital history. Panh gives each clay figure own nuances, defying totalitarian edict of sameness.
"Claymation-adjacent document of genocide" feels like a plan that shouldn't work. As executed, it's genius. Shows up the timidity of its genre while speaking in its own soft voice.