Face to Face with Khmer Rouge Killer
As a young teenager Rithy Panh witnessed some of the worst atrocities of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime. His family were expelled from the capital Phnom Penh, and almost all of them were either executed, starved, or worked to death. Rithy himself was put through 're-education' in the countryside in starvation conditions which nearly killed him too. He eventually escaped to Thailand and then to France where he became a world-renown filmmaker recognised as the cinematic voice of Cambodia. He has made many documentary films on the genocide, including S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine in which he brought former torturers face-to-face with their victims at the notorious torture camp. 30 years on, Rithy Panh decided to question the man principally responsible for the genocide, Comrade Duch, and spent 300 hours interviewing him as he awaited trial.
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Picture: Rithy Panh, Khmer Rouge workcamp survivor
Picture credit: Richard Dumas