Rithy Panh (b. 1964, Phnom Penh, Cambodia) and his entire family were persecuted by the Khmer Rouge, although 15-year-old Panh managed to escape to Thailand. He later made his way to France where he studied at IDHEC film school. He has shot a number of documentaries, some with elements of fiction. The drama Rice People (1994), about a family struggling to survive after the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, competed at Cannes and was the first Cambodian film to vie for an Academy Award. He brought his experiences of family tragedy to the doc The Missing Picture (2013), which triumphed in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2013 and was subsequently presented at Karlovy Vary. His country’s dark times are also reflected in the new documentary essay Exile, screened out of competition this year at Cannes.
Source: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016