Rithy Panh is the first Cambodian filmmaker who was ever nominated for an Oscar with his movie “The Missing Picture” in 2013. In the very same year he received the Jury Prize at the “Un Certain Regard” at the Cannes Festival. He directed many documentaries, including “S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine”, for which he was awarded the prestigious Albert Londres Prize in 2004.
Rithy Panh was also instrumental in establishing the Bophana Center alongside leu Pannakar, Senator and Minister of the Royal Palace, who devoted his life to cinema and broadcasting in Cambodia. He graduated from École de Vaugirard (now École Louis Lumière) in Paris, and from 1955 to 1970, was in charge of the film, photography and broadcasting services for the State. As such, he trained most of the Cambodian technicians of the time. When the Khmer Rouge regime collapsed in 1979, he went back to his job to help give new life the audiovisual industry in Cambodia.