Filmmaker Rithy Panh turns from documentaries about the horrors of the
Khmer Rouge to the written word in The Elimination
, an autobiographical
account of the ordeals he faced under the brutal regime, watching as his
family members died off one by one. He also details his experience
later in life interviewing the infamous Comrade Duch, who oversaw the
torture and execution of thousands of Cambodians. 320 pages long, and co-written with French novelist Christophe Bataille, The Elimination: A Survivor of the Khmer Rouge Confronts his Past and the Commandant of the Killing Fields, is published by Clerkenwell Press and was released last month. Rithy Panh was born in Cambodia in 1965. His documentaries, which include Rice People, S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing
Machine and Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell, have achieved an
international reputation. Author Nic Dunlop called it; "An amazing book and, by far, the best to have been written about the Khmer Rouge." High praise indeed.
The French version of the book appeared a couple of years ago.
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