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Shiiku – The Catch

A film y Rithy Panh
Shooting Language Cambodian/English
Length  91’
Cambodia in 1972. For the naïve, mesmerized Cambodian young child telling this story, the black soldier who was taken prisoner was not an enemy, but merely an animal that needs to be taken care of.
 Cambodia. The time is 1972.  At the height of the Pacific War, a US aircraft crashes into Cambodian mountains. The survivor is immediately taken prisoner by the local villagers. But the guy is Black… For the naïve, mesmerized young child telling this story, the man’s nationality, race and language don’t make him an enemy or a stranger, but merely an animal that needs to be taken care of. Rithy Panh brings this story into his native land –The little Cambodian child from the ricefields, who’s responsible for guarding the prisoner, is already sucked in by the Khmer Rouge ideology. Across the border, in Vietnam, war is raging and US fighters fly over his country to bomb Vietnam. Will the child be able not to kill the black man – the enemy?
Fiche technique
Screenwriters        Michel Fessler and Rithy Panh
Adapted from       « Shiiku » by Ôé Kenzaburô  .- The Wylie Agency (UK)
Director                     Rithy Panh
Photography             Prum Mesar
Sound     Myriam René &   Sear   Visal
Editiong    Rithy Panh & Marie-Christine Rougerie
Art director   Benoit Cisilkiewick
Bophana Production   Cheap Sovichea
Coordination  Marie de Calan
Production assistante    Pascale Pigeon
Secretary of production     Chea Sophal
Accounter  Béatrice Hannequin
Produced by   CDP  /  ARTE France   /  Institut National de l’Audiovisuel  /  Bophana Production                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 En association avec SIMF Management(Singapore)/TV5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Développé avec le soutien du Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée  du programme MEDIA de l’Union Européenne et de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie avec la participation de TV5Monde
Genre       Feature film -  Drama                    Shooting place     Cambodia                      Format       HD/Color
The Pilot         Cyril GUEI
Pang                 CHUOP Jhem
Siet                  CHHOEUM Soeum
Ney                  CHHOEUM Pruoch
Pang’s friend    RUON Rann
Oncle Vorn       LUON Logn
Chief  Khmer Rouge    YIM Vutha
Grand-Mother  Yun      NEAM Koeum
So      CHUUM Cheng Huor
Tuol      THAN Saron
Tuol’s wife    HENG Cheam
Presse et festivals
Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains (FIFDH) (Switzerland) 2012
Hong Kong  IFF 2012
Festival Étoiles Francophones / Cousu Main (France) 2012
Cambodia International Film Festival  (Cambodia) 2011
Singapore Film Festival 2011
24th Tokyo International Film Festival 2011 (Japan) 2011
PPP International Films Festival   Pusan