The Rice People (1994), film still. Courtesy Rithy Panh.

The Rice People (1994), film still. Courtesy Rithy Panh.

The Rice People (1994), film still. Courtesy Rithy Panh.

Saturday 23 July 2022, 3.30pm

A screening program centred around works that inspired Skin Shade Night Day.


Saturday 23 July 2022




Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St, Adelaide





Curated by Allison Chhorn and presented as part of Skin Shade Night Day, this screening program centres around works that inspired her exhibition, spotlighting Cambodian film-makers whose works, like Chhorn, explore themes of memory, family and the legacy of cultural trauma.

The screening program is a continuation of Allison’s ongoing research project into Artists of Cambodian Diaspora.

“These Cambodian film-makers share a responsibility that resonates very closely to my own practice — responding to current ways of living that are in danger of being lost while also recognising their inevitable end by capturing their memory” – Allison Chhorn.

The Rice People
Director: Rithy Panh
Cambodia, 1994, 125 min
Khmer with English subtitles
Synopsis: A remarkable debut feature film from Cambodia’s most internationally celebrated film-maker Rithy Panh, The Rice People chronicles a few critical months in the life of a peasant farming family struggling to eke out a living in a deeply scarred, post-Khmer Rouge society. Adapted from a novel by Shahnon Ahmad, The Rice People was the first Cambodian film (co-produced with France and Germany) to be nominated for a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, in 1994.

About the director

Rithy Panh (b. 1964, Phnom Penh) is an internationally acclaimed Cambodian film director and screenwriter, as well as the nation’s most recognised and respected film figure. A survivor of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime (1975–1979), Rithy’s fiction films such as The Rice People (1994) and One Evening After the War (1998), as well as documentaries S–21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2003), Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell (2011) and the extraordinary, Academy Award nominated The Missing Picture (2013) has seen him dedicate much of his career to investigating the campaign of genocide as well as the act of memorialising its victims.