Monday, October 31, 2011

Enemies release

Brother No 2 Nuon Chea admits on film for the first time, his part in the Khmer Rouge bloodbath
The documentary that has garnered a massive amount of publicity since its release, Enemies of the People, will be released as a 2-disc special edition DVD on the 15th of this month and will include an additional six hours of extra features and an illustrated 28-page booklet. Produced by Cambodian jouno Thet Sambath and Rob Lemkin, it takes the dogged Sambath around Cambodia, talking to Khmer Rouge rank and file as well as Brother number 2 Nuon Chea, about the policies and practices they employed to 'deal' with their enemies. His intimate discussions with Nuon Chea, over 1,000+ hours, before his arrest and detention awaiting trial for crimes against humanity, took at least three years to get the former KR leader to admit his part in the bloodbath on film, after first winning the former leaders' trust and acceptance. Sambath also took former killers back to the scenes of their crimes and recorded their testimony, including the revelation that human gall-bladders were eaten on regular occasions by some. Both the film and Sambath have won awards for this investigative journalism documentary, and a book, Behind the Killing Fields, has also been promised, though I haven't seen it yet. A follow-up film, Suspicious Minds, about the political conflict at the heart of the Khmer Rouge, is in the works.

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