UVA : Newcomb Hall Theater
Exile2016. France/Cambodia. 77 min
Director: Rithy Panh Featuring: Sang Nan, Randal Douc.
A film about abandonment, Exile is an abstract telling of director Rithy Panh’s (The Missing Picture) displacement from his home in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, during Pol Pot’s deadly dictatorship. Much of Panh’s family died during the Communist Party’s rule over Democratic Kampuchea, which was a devastating moment in the history of Cambodia. The film also reflects on the meaning of exile, exploring terrifying solitude and loss of self through a combination of archive footage, photographs, and commentary. Toeing the line between documentary and fiction, this film confronts an often ignored piece of twentieth century history.