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Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh takes on political strife and loss in The Missing Picture, a movie nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards.
The Missing Picture focuses on Pahn’s story of survival.
"I had to find a way to work with my memories," Pahn told Associated Press. "When you survive a genocide, it's like you've been radiated by a nuclear bomb. It's like you've been killed once already, and you come back with death inside of you."
It is the first time that Panh has been nominated for an Academy Award. He is facing tough competition in the Oscar category of Best Foreign Language Film.
Other films nominated in this category include The Broken Circle Breakdown directed by Felix van Groeningen, Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty, The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg and Omar directed by Hany Abu-Assad.
Panh says that he feels enormous pride going to Los Angeles for the Oscars. It is a great step for a filmmaker from Cambodia.
The 86th Annual Academy Awards will be held on March 2 at the Dolby Theatre.
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