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Enemies of the People

Enemies of the People

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Enemies of the People
Kambodsja / Storbritannia / 2009 / 94 min
DIRECTOR:
Teth Sambath & Rob Lemkin
Teth Sambath’s parents were killed by the Red Khmer. Now he faces their executioners

The regime of Pol Pot and his Red Khmer killed somewhere between 1,5 and 2,3 million people during a few bloody years in the 70's. Among the murdered were the parents of Cambodian journalist Teth Sambath; like many others they were suspected of being enemies of the people. This stark documentary follows Sambath as he gets to know Brother Number Two, Pol Pot’s right hand, and several of the regime’s executioners, who attempt to explain how and why the atrocities took place.

Teth Sambath & Rob Lemkin

Thet Sambath is a senior reporter with the Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia’s premier English-language newspaper. He is widely regarded as one of Cambodia’s best investigative reporters and his stories have been syndicated all over the world. He has worked as a paramedic on the Thai-Cambodia border and as a human rights investigator. Since 1994 he has worked as producer, translator and camera operator for many world broadcasting organisations including BBC and NBC.

Rob Lemkin has produced and directed over 50 documentaries for television channels such as BBC, Channel 4, Sky and The History Channel. He has won numerous awards in Britain and abroad. Lemkin has made several films about the history and politics of Asia including THE REAL DR EVIL, WHO REALLY KILLED AUNG SAN? and MALAYA: THE UNDECLARED WAR.