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Rated NR · 93 minutes · 2010

Veteran Cambodian journalist Thet Sambath spent more than ten years interviewing members of the Khmer Rouge, from foot soldiers to Pol Pot's second-in-command, who took part in the extermination of more than two million civilians in the 1970s. This video documentary, which Sambath directed with Rob Lemkin, combines devastating first-hand accounts with an intimate study of the journalist, whose parents and brother were among the casualties. Like Claude Lanzmann's Holocaust documentary Shoah (1985), this poses one of the most difficult philosophical questions—what it means to live with the legacy of genocide—and it shares with that film a fundamental respect for the viewer's intelligence. Sambath and Lemkin forgo images of atrocity to contemplate the souls of both its victims and its perpetrators, often to profound effect.
Director: Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath
Producer: Rob Lemkin, Thet Sambath and Sandra Whipham
Cast: Thet Sambath

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