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Khmer Rouge: the Impossible Trial

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Photo: Maximal News Télévision

The long-awaited trial of the Khmer Rouge opened on February 17th, 2009. Four senior officials from the genocidal regime are being tried for crimes against humanity by a specially constituted UN tribunal in Phnom Penh. After thirty years of impunity, justice may now be served for the 1,700,000 murder victims. Anne Poiret (winner of the Albert Londres prize in 2007) traveled to Cambodia with a view to investigating this long-delayed trial. The documentary film she has brought back shows the long road taken by the international justice system and the harsh task of re-igniting the Cambodian people's memories. She talked to the victims and the henchmen who sometimes live side-by-side as neighbours. She criss-crossed the Pailin region where the timeless Khmers hold the reins of local power and trade. She visited mass graves, delved into Buddhist beliefs that forbid revenge and encountered the country's youth who seem resolutely turned to the future rather than the past.

Factual > Current Affairs & Crime

Theme(s):
Current Affairs & Crime
Producer(s) & Channel(s):
Maximal production / France 5
Director(s):
Anne Poiret
Year:
2009
Versions:
French
Nationality:
France
Available rights:
Worldwide

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