Graves Without A Name
Les Tombeaux Sans Noms
Rithy Panh hunts for the lost graves of his kin, trying to right long-standing wrongs in this deeply personal documentary.
Graves Without a Name is an intimate look into the private life of Cambodia’s most celebrated auteur, as he calibrates his own position in the wake of a national trauma. Director Rithy Panh attempts to locate the graves of family members and friends who perished in work camps during the Khmer Rouge regime of late-1970s Cambodia. Seeking to give them proper burials, he scours the countryside on the advice of spiritual leaders.
Picking up where his Oscar-nominated, Un Certain Regard-winning documentary The Missing Picture left off, Panh continues his exploration of people coping with the aftermath of genocide through the balm of religion. Panh’s unflinching film provides an insight into the darkest chapter of a nation, and the tenacity of its people.
Cast & Credits
A survivor of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, Rithy Panh was a refugee in Thailand before moving to France, where he studied at the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques. He returned to Cambodia in 1990, and has been making documentaries consistently since then. He also co-founded the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh.
*Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival 2018
*In Competition, Venice Film Festival 2018