Witnessing & Sedimentation: Mediating La Parole Filmée in Rithy Panh's The Missing Picture

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 00:00

Leshu Torchin discusses L’image manquante/The Missing Picture (Rithy Panh, 2013), which combines Khmer Rouge propaganda films, contemporary video footage and painted clay figurines in stunningly crafted—often multimedia—dioramas, uniting ruminations on mediation, trauma, and history with Panh’s personal experience.

This event is co-hosted by the Department of Anthropology & The Department of Geography.

Leshu Torchin is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews.  Her interest in human rights, genocide, and film led to the publication of her monograph Creating the Witness: Documenting Genocide on Film Video and the Internet. It has also inspired work in the field of visual culture and activism, reflected in Film Festivals and Activism (co-edited with Dina Iordanova) as well as publications on a range of topics including the use of video in campaigns for Roma social inclusion, the transmedia campaign of Live 8, and Invisible Children's notorious Kony 2012 campaign video.