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A scene from The Missing Picture, a full-length documentary about the living under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia

“The Missing Picture” in Cambodia

What better way to spend a lazy afternoon… after a few “happy shakes” we decided to check out the local movie house.


It was a lazy afternoon in Kampot, Cambodia, no plans other than relaxing and enjoying the benefits of a few “happy” (i.e. marijuana-infused) cocktails. We had walked by the Ecran Movie House several times since arriving in Kampot and noted they had a really interesting line up of movies! Lucky us, Cambodian Rithy Panh’s documentary the Missing Picture started in… just enough time to go grab one more happy cocktail!

The theater

After paying $1-whatever it was, we walked to the back of the storefront, creaked up the old stairs and entered a dark living room sized area full of random couches, chairs, pillows, tables, and a big white canvas wall… it was super cozy and, apparently, we were the only people who decided to see a movie that day! However, a few mosquitoes had snuck into the theater to keep us company.

We bought a few beers, sat back and watched the show.

The Ecran Movie House, a makeshift movie theater in Kampot, Cambodia
Ecran Movie House – Kampot, Cambodia

The movie

Fantastic! Of course, it was dark and horribly sad, given the topic, but it was so well done. Every character was roughly crafted out of clay, every scene was an accurate diorama of the times back then, mixed in with archival footage and narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979. It’s heavy, but it’s a movie I’ll remember for a lifetime.

So, imagine

You just walked into a dusty old Cambodia movie house, the happy cocktails are in full effect, you sink into a pile of pillows, the lights dim, you sit back and enjoy the show…

Highly Recommend! Two Thumbs Up!

Author: Daisey

Daisey is a UX designer for Art+Logic by day, soul/funk singer by night, full of love and always smiling.

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