Rithy Panh


18 Apr 1964


Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Rithy Panh was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on the 18th april 1964. He is today one of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers and the most famous Cambodian filmmaker worldwide. After 1975 his family died through the genocidal Khmer Rouge government (1975-1979) while he could escape in 1979 to Thailand. Panh arrived a year later in Paris, France as an orphan and stayed. Rithy Panh later studied at 'La Fémis', the French National Cinema School. In 1989, Site 2 (1989), his first documentary about Cambodian refugees, won several international awards. Since then Panh created a unique body of work consisting of documentaries and feature films that mostly deal with the modern Cambodia and the traumatic legacy of the Khmer Rouge regime. His most famous documentary is probabaly S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine (2003) about the infamous torture prison of the Khmer Rouge. Later his avant-garde documentary The Missing Picture (2013) became the first Cambodian film nominated for an Academy Award as 'Best Foreign Language Film'. Rithy Panh, along with director Ieu Pannakar, has developed 'Bophana: Audio Visual Resource Center - Cambodia', with an aim towards preserving the country's film, photographic and audio history. Rithy Panh received an honorary doctorate in 2011 by the University of Paris-VIII and published in 2012 his acclaimed autobiography "L'Élimination". In 2014 he received the 'Preservation and Scholarship' Award of the International Documentary Association (IDA).

Actor ( 4 credits )

Avant-premières (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
La grande librairie (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Nice Hat! 5 Enigmas in the Life of Cambodia (2006) Interview subject
Holy Lola (2004) Monsieur Khieu

Producer ( 6 credits )

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (2017) producer
The Gate (2014) producer
Le dernier refuge (2013) producer
Golden Slumbers (2011) co-producer
The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan (2010) consulting producer
Les égarés (2010) producer

Writer ( 8 credits )

The Missing Picture (2013) (written by)
Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell (2011) (written by)
Gibier d'élevage (2011) (scenario)
The Sea Wall (2008) (writer)
S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine (2003) (writer)
Wide Angle (2002) (1 episode, 2002)
One Evening After the War (1998) (writer)
Site 2 (1989) (writer)

Director ( 19 credits )

The Missing Picture (2013)
Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell (2011)
Gibier d'élevage (2011)
Docs interdits (2011) (1 episode, 2015)
The Sea Wall (2008)
Paper Cannot Wrap Ember (2007)
The Burnt Theatre (2005)
The People of Angkor (2004)
S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine (2003)
Wide Angle (2002) (1 episode, 2002)
Que la barque se brise, que la jonque s'entrouvre (2001)
The Land of the Wandering Souls (2000)
One Evening After the War (1998)
Lumière sur un massacre (1996) (1 episode, 1996)
Bophana, une tragédie cambodgienne (1996)
Rice People (1994)
Cambodia, entre guerre et paix (1991)
Site 2 (1989)
Cinéma, de notre temps (1988) (1 episode, 1990)