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The Missing Picture – review

Cambodian film-maker Rithy Panh produces a haunting evocation of the Pol Pot era with the aid of clay figures and newsreels

Rithy Panh is a film-maker, historian and survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide who has fashioned a vibrant career out of excavating the past. The Missing Picture follows on from his earlier films, Rice People and S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, in tackling the horrors of the Pol Pot era, although on this occasion the approach is so nakedly personal and so honeycombed with open-ended questions that it amounts to a bewitching form of self-therapy.

On the cusp of middle age, Panh has decided to re-enact his 1970s childhood with the aid of painted clay figurines. The effect is haunting; at once intimate and oddly distancing, a means of framing old traumas and thereby controlling the story. Panh shows us how the revolution falls like a black curtain on the land,
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20 films you must watch at Mumbai Film Festival 2013

20 films you must watch at Mumbai Film Festival 2013
F rom the works of masters like Costa-Gavras and Asghar Farhadi to newcomers like Nagraj Manjule and Kim Mordaunt, the Mumbai Film Festival 2013 offers above 200 films to choose from for an entire week!

Anu Rangachar, the Program Director of Mumbai Film Festival, lists her 20 favourite films in the lineup.

1. The Act of Killing

Dir.: Joshua Oppenheimer (2012 / Col. / 115′)

Section: The Real Reel

The film won the Panorama Audience Award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival 2013 and the Cph:dox Award at the Cph:dox Film Festival 2012. It has bagged several other awards in film festivals at Istanbul, Prague, Geneva, Warsaw, Barcelona, Zagreb, Mexico, etc.

An Indonesian documentary, The Act of Killing challenges the total impunity on genocide by the death squad leaders. In 1965, Anwar Congo and his friends were promoted to the ranks of Death Squad Leaders to help the army obliterate more than one million alleged communists,
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