France – Cambodia / 88′/ 2020
I feel I have been irradiated.
We have to learn to tell and love again…
To be an object never again. Stop being what has been left out, the waste.
To say: “I.”
Despite the presence of death in your heart
Can history still be heard? Nothing is certain.
We have heard the echoes of Theodor W. Adorno stating that “to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” However, it is impossible to watch a film such as Irradiated without thinking about poetry as the liberation of innocence. Irradiated goes much further than mere representation, witnessing, or film archive. It is an invitation to walk in a museum full of images of pain, that is “at the highest point in the sky” and “comes as a surprise.” It is also, above all, an invocation of our own ability to walk through this place with the certainty that, if evil irradiates -annihilating all that is humane with bombs and dark deaths, even under historical layers of hatred and wickedness-, innocence will remain and shine through all that pain, setting off, as in Rithy Panh’s new film, a liberation of life through cinema.
By Maria luna
Best Documentary Film, 70th Berlinale.
Nominated: IDFA ReFrame Award for Creative Use of Archive
Producer: Catherine Dussart | Photography: Prum Mesa| Sound: Eric Tisserand | Editing: Rithy Panh| Screenplay: Rithy Panh, Agnès Sénémaud, Christophe Bataille |
CINEMATECA DE BOGOTÁ / CAPITAL THEATER
MIDBO 23 Premiere
Tuesday, October 26th, 6:00 p.m.