HIDDEN PHOTOS

by Davide Grotta
HIDDEN PHOTOS - HIDDEN PHOTOS

Informations

Nation: Italy

Year: 2016

Length: 68'

34° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

Section:

Synopsis

Kim Hak, young and talented Cambodian photographer, looks for a new imaginary of his country far from the iconographic cliché represented by Angkor Wat/Khmer Rouge. Nhem En, old photographer of the regime, author of about 14.000 mug shots of prisoners destined to certain death, is planning his entry in the business of dark tourism. What image to choose to represent our history, our country? [cg]

Director

Davide Grotta

Davide Grotta

Davide Grotta, after graduating in Archaeological heritage, began taking photographs in the world of underwater archaeology. In 2009 he dedicated himself to editorial photography in collaboration with the photojournalistic agency AGF focusing on politic and economic issues. For two years he has lived in Phonm Pehn to continue his photograph research. Interested on the relationship between man’s identity and the influence of mass culture, he completed his studies in film directing at ZeLIG - School for documentary.

Filmography:
Del vivere consueto - Notes for a Portrait About Roberta Dapunt (cm, doc., 2015), Hidden Photos (doc., 2016).

Cast and Credits

regia, soggetto/director, story
Davide Grotta
fotografia/cinematography
Alexander Fontana
montaggio, suono/film editing, sound
Gabriele Borghi
musica/music
Daigoro Vitello
interpreti/cast
Kim Hak, Nhem En, Chhoeun Yeh, Mon Rean, Kim Harp, Som Ravy, Com Chivon
produttori/producers
Heidi Gronauer, Lorenzo Paccagnella
produzione/production
ZeLIG - School of Documentary, Television and New Media


contatti/contacts
ZeLIG - School of Documentary, Television and New Media
Emanuele Vernillo
emanuele.vernillo@zeligfilm.it

Director statement

“I did not choose to shoot in Cambodia in order to refresh our memory of the Kmer Rouge regime and its atrocities. I stumbled into it without originality. I chose this country because I thought it was the best laboratory to get to know the human being and his relation with time. With past and his history. I think that the practice of photography links, in a very privileged way, man to time, he represents it. Each photography belongs to the past. The point is: what use do we make of images of our history? During the editing I found out that just few brave people pose them questions while looking at a picture and search for answers.”

Synopsis Learn more

Kim Hak, young and talented Cambodian photographer, looks for a new imaginary of his country far from the iconographic cliché represented by Angkor Wat/Khmer Rouge. Nhem En, old photographer of the regime, author of about 14.000 mug shots of prisoners destined to certain death, is planning his entry in the business of dark tourism. What image to choose to represent our history, our country? [cg]

Director All about direction

Davide Grotta

Davide Grotta

Davide Grotta, after graduating in Archaeological heritage, began taking photographs in the world of underwater archaeology. In 2009 he dedicated himself to editorial photography in collaboration with the photojournalistic agency AGF focusing on politic and economic issues. For two years he has lived in Phonm Pehn to continue his photograph research. Interested on the relationship between man’s identity and the influence of mass culture, he completed his studies in film directing at ZeLIG - School for documentary.

Filmography:
Del vivere consueto - Notes for a Portrait About Roberta Dapunt (cm, doc., 2015), Hidden Photos (doc., 2016).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, soggetto/director, story
Davide Grotta
fotografia/cinematography
Alexander Fontana
montaggio, suono/film editing, sound
Gabriele Borghi
musica/music
Daigoro Vitello
interpreti/cast
Kim Hak, Nhem En, Chhoeun Yeh, Mon Rean, Kim Harp, Som Ravy, Com Chivon
produttori/producers
Heidi Gronauer, Lorenzo Paccagnella
produzione/production
ZeLIG - School of Documentary, Television and New Media


contatti/contacts
ZeLIG - School of Documentary, Television and New Media
Emanuele Vernillo
emanuele.vernillo@zeligfilm.it

Director statement Read more

“I did not choose to shoot in Cambodia in order to refresh our memory of the Kmer Rouge regime and its atrocities. I stumbled into it without originality. I chose this country because I thought it was the best laboratory to get to know the human being and his relation with time. With past and his history. I think that the practice of photography links, in a very privileged way, man to time, he represents it. Each photography belongs to the past. The point is: what use do we make of images of our history? During the editing I found out that just few brave people pose them questions while looking at a picture and search for answers.”