"Cinema as Archive: The Cambodian Genocide in the Documentaries of Rithy Panh"

Rithy Panh is one of the most important chroniclers of Cambodian history, and his documentary films reveal a commitment to the work of memory at the individual, national, and transnational levels. This paper will examine a set of his films that tell the story of the Khmer Rouge from various perspectives, including most recently that of his own experiences, in order to map out how the filmmaker differentiates among archival documents, archival footage, and his own documentary films as archive.

Leslie Barnes is Lecturer in French Studies at the Australian National University. Her first book,Vietnam and the Colonial Condition of French Literature (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). Her current research involves comparative analysis of literary and cinematic narratives that engage with questions of sex work, mobility, and human rights in Southeast Asia. She is currently is a Visiting Fellow at the Remarque Institute at NYU.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 | Sawyer Library, Mabie Room, 5-6 P.M.

Sponsors: The Department of Romance Languages, Asian Studies, Comparative Literature, the Lecture Committee, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

L'Image manquante