Enemies of the People

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Enemies of the People

Thet Sambath & Rob Lemkin, 2010

New Documentary

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Tue, Nov 30, 2010 7 PM

"Another disquieting testament to the fact that ordinary individuals under extreme pressure will carry out the most monstrous crimes."—New York Times

Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Enemies of the People is the gripping account of Thet Sambath, a Cambodian journalist compelled to record for history the testimony of those responsible for and harmed by the Khmer Rouge’s 1975–79 genocide, the infamous "Killing Fields." What makes the film even more astonishing is that Sambath’s father and brother were among the estimated 2 million killed, a fact he conceals from his key subject, Nuon Chea, until the end of the film. Known as "Brother Number 2," Chea was second-in-command to Pol Pot and is scheduled to face a United Nations–backed tribunal in 2011 for crimes against humanity. (94 mins., video)

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