International Competition

Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers

Rithy Panh

Cambodia, Phnom Penh, a district where women sell their bodies, often abused by their clients or even their guards - we are meat given to tigers, says one of them. For most of the day, they sleep or hold long discussions about fear from diseases and violence. The director of the film perceives transformation of the body into goods as spiritual death and shoots the documentary as a requiem in which prostitutes become symbols of social disparities in a country that still has not managed to get rid of the sequels of Pol Pot’s tyranny.

Rithy Panh

Rithy Panh, born April 18, 1964 in Phnom Penh, is an internationally and critically acclaimed Cambodian documentary film director and screenwriter. The Frenchschooled director’s films focus on the aftermath of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Rithy Panh’s works are from an authoritative viewpoint, because his family were expelled from Phnom Penh in 1975 by the Khmer Rouge. One after another, his father, mother, sisters and nephews died of starvation or exhaustion, as they were held in a remote labor camp in rural Cambodia.

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Le Papier ne peut pas envelopper la braise

2006, 86', color, video

Directed by:
Rithy Panh

Screenplay by:
Rithy Panh

Prum Mésar

Edited by:
Marie-Christine Rougerie

Marc Marder

Gérald Collas, Catherine Dussat

Produced by:
CDP, Ina, Bophana Production, France 3, France 5

Festivals & Awards:

Shanghai Film Festival - main award