Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

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Watch....The Missing Picture (DVD), a documentary made by Rithy Panh, a Cambodian, telling the story of how his country was taken over by the Khmer Rouge. It is told through the use of clay figures made by Panh and newsreels made by the Khmer Rouge. Strangely the horror was made worse for me by the combination of Rithy’s delicate production of figures representing his family and friends and the horrific justification of genocide played out in the newsreels. All of his family died in labour camps which the KR used to destroy not just the bodies but also the individualism and humanity that lies within us all. People were forced to labour for long hours, deprived of food and drink and most of all deprived of their hope for the future. Eventually the KR were defeated and the leader Pol Pot was put on trial for genocide…

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