14 May: Rithy Panh to present Top 10 at IDFA

Cambodian director Rithy Panh (1964, Phnom Penh) is to compile this year’s IDFA Top 10. Rithy Panh broke through in 2003 with his documentary S21, The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, for which he filmed the testimony of former inmates and guards of a Khmer Rouge punishment camp. Alongside directing, Panh has also produced documentaries, including Lida Chan and Guillaume Suon’s Red Wedding, an award winner at IDFA 2012. His new film, l’Image Manquante, features in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes film festival, which begins this week. Alongside his Top 10, IDFA will also be screening a retrospective of Panh’s own work. Rithy Panh will be a guest of the festival during IDFA 2013, where he will talk about his work and his Top 10 in a masterclass.
The 26th IDFA will take place from 20 November to 1 December in Amsterdam.


Rithy Panh
Rithy Panh was born in Phnom Penh in 1964. After his family were forced from Phnom Penh by the Khmer Rouge in 1975 and then died in a refugee camp, Rithy Panh fled to Thailand in 1979. He then ended up in Paris, where he became interested in film, going on to graduate from film school there. Life under the Khmer Rouge and the legacy of that regime became the major themes of his films. Panh made his debut in 1989 with Site 2, and in the years that followed made a range of documentaries about life in Cambodia, eventually also returning to the country of his birth. Since then, he has been a key figure in the documentary industry in Cambodia, and not only because of internationally recognised films such S21, The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2003) and Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell (2011). Panh is also the founder and director of the Bophana: Audiovisual Resource Center  in Cambodia, which aims to preserve the history of Cambodian film and photography.
Alongside directing, Panh has also produced films such as Lida Chan and Guillaume Suon’s Red Wedding, a documentary supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund which in 2012 won the IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary, and which also deals with the legacy of Pol Pot’s regime. Rithy Panh’s latest film, l’Image Manquante, has its première this week in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes film festival.

Top 10 and Retrospective Rithy Panh

IDFA will present Panh’s Top 10 at the coming festival. In addition, his own documentaries will be screened, along with a retrospective dedicated to his work. Rithy Panh will be attending IDFA as a festival guest and will give a masterclass on the way he works. By compiling his Top 10 favourite documentaries, Panh follows in the footsteps of Werner Herzog, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Ulrich Seidl, Pirjo Honkasalo and Victor Kossakovsky, all of whom have programmed this regular feature of IDFA in the past.  

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