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The Khmer Rouge and the Man of Non-violence

Bernard Mangiante
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Dutch premiere

Festival year: 2013

Intriguing documentary about the defence of Khmer Rouge leader Kang Guek Eav, also known as ‘Duch’, who headed the notorious Cambodian S21 prison in the seventies. Despite Duch’s confession, his lawyers quarrel about the best line of defence.

Synopsis

In a brand new court in Cambodia, a country still divided along political lines, one of the head men of the country’s history is brought to justice. Kang Guek Eav, also known as ‘Duch’, was a high-placed official and head of the notorious S21 prison of the Khmer Rouge, the military branch of the Cambodian communist party that spread death and destruction between 1975 and 1979. Only seven of the nearly 16,000 S21 prisoners survived the torture and hardship to which they were exposed. Duch is one of the few Khmer Rouge leaders to be brought to justice. His defence lawyers, Cambodian Kar Savuth who was once imprisoned by the Khmer Rouge, and his French colleague François Roux, seem to have an increasingly different view on the best line of defence as the case against the former prison director before the International Court of Justice progresses. Conflicting ideologies and legal vision undermine the relationship between both attorneys.

Credits

Cambodia, France 2012, 87 min.

Documentary,

Spoken language: French, Khmer, English

Subtitles: English

Official website: http://www.lesfilmsdici.fr/fr/catalogue/966-khmer-rouge-et-le-non-violent-le.html

Productions:

Les Films d'Ici

courrier@lesfilmsdici.fr

+33 01 44 52 23 23

http://www.lesfilmsdici.fr/

World sales:

Les Films d'Ici

courrier@lesfilmsdici.fr

+33 01 44 52 23 23

http://www.lesfilmsdici.fr/

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When & where?

  • Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 19:00

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 3

  • Friday, March 22, 2013 - 19:30

    Theater aan het Spui 1, The Hague

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 19:00

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 1

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