North American Premiere
Borethy Ly is associate professor of Southeast Asian Art History and Visual Culture at UC Santa Cruz.
Bion, André Wilms, Rebecca Marder,
Winner of the 2020 Berlinale Documentary Award, Panh’s Irradiated continues his exploration of the inhumanity of war and ideologically motivated genocide beyond the borders of his native Cambodia. Drawing on the archives of twentieth-century atrocities, Panh literally expands the frame of his project using a cinemascope aspect ratio to present images in triplicate, reframing and juxtaposing images to analyze the accumulated horrors. Accompanied by an off-screen dialogue that evokes Alain Renais’s Hiroshima mon amour and the on-screen gestures of a butoh dancer, Irradiated requires viewers to bear witness as a bulwark against forgetting and repeating the cataclysms of the past.