• Feature
  • 2016
  • 78 Minutes
  • Cambodia, France
  • Language: Khmer and French

Exile is an abandonment, a terrifying solitude. In exile, one’s self is lost, one suffers, one fades away. But it is also possible to find one’s own, in the land of words, of images, in reverie that is more than childish. It all starts with exile, and nothing is anything without it. Exile is a meditation on absence; on inner solitude, geography, politics. Exile is also an attempt at elucidation on the part of a boy who lived in Democratic Kampuchea and the man he becomes who cannot accept injustice: What kind of revolution might we wish for? A revolution for and with humanity? A revolution that lives up to humanity, with respect and understanding? Or an attempt at destruction, the false purity of which has seen so many disciples, be it in Asia or the West?

Director: Rithy Panh

Screenwriter: Rithy Panh, Agnès Sénémaud, Christophe Bataille

Production Company: ARTE, Bophana production



2016, Cannes Film Festival, Special Screening, France

2016, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

IFFI Goa, India

Brisbane Asia Pacific FF, Australia

Chennai IFF, India

Cast and Crew

DOP / Camera: Rithy Panh, Mesar Prum

Editor: Rithy PANH

Music: Marc Marder

Sound: Eric Tisserand

Producer: Catherine Dussart

Cast: Sang Nan


Rithy Panh

Graduated from IDHEC (Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques, Paris). “Site 2” (1989), “Souleymane Cissé” (1990), “Cambodge, entre guerre et paix” (1991), “Rice People” (1994), “The Tan’s family” (1995) Documentary, Bophana, a Cambodian tragedy (1996) Documentary, One evening after the war (1997), 50 ans et un monde ; Van Chan, a cambodian dancer (1998) Documentary, The Land of wandering souls (1999) Documentary, Que la barque se brise, que la jonque s’entrouvre (2000), S21, the Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2001-2002) Documentary, The people of Angkor (2003) Documentary, The Burnt Theater (2005) Documentary, “Paper cannot wrap up ember” (2006) Documentary, “THE SEA WALL” (2008), Duch, le Maître des Forges de l’Enfer (documentaire) 2010, SHIIKU Feature film (2011), Gibier d’Elevage 2011, Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell 2011, the Missing Picture 2013

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