Friday, May 28, 2010

Behind the mask

A scene from the new film Facing Genocide
A new documentary film that follows Khieu Samphan for a year and a half before his arrest in 2007 on crimes against humanity, is aiming to find out what the man is about, his personality, his mindset and his past. It's called Facing Genocide - Khieu Samphan and Pol Pot, a film by David Aronowitsch and Staffan Lindberg. It's an hour and a half long and due to be shown at the Norwegian and Montreal International film festivals later this year. Also appearing in the film are Samphan's lawyer, the mercurial Jacques Verges and Samphan's main opponent in the film, Theary Seng. The trial of the four former Khmer Rouge leaders, currently in detention, including Khieu Samphan, should begin early next year.

Talking of documentaries, a short focus on the arts scene in Phnom Penh by French journalist Alexandre Bellity is available on video here and includes a short interview with Belle and some footage of her recent contemporary dance at Chenla. Enjoy...if you can speak French.

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