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Enemies of the People: Discussion Guide

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Thet Sambath, an unassuming, yet cunning, investigative journalist, lost his family in the Cambodian genocide under the Khmer Rouge regime. Sambath spent a decade gaining the trust of the men and women who perpetrated the massacres. Enemies of the People documents the fruits of his labor. Through astounding interviews with foot soldiers who slit throats, and even with Pol Pot's right-hand man, the notorious Brother Number Two, hidden aspects of genocide are slowly revealed. Artful cinematography amplifies the shocking testimony as viewers see peaceful present-day landscapes that belie the terrors buried beneath their surfaces. As an outreach tool, Enemies of the People is a thought-provoking examination of the human capacity for atrocity, survival and healing.

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Enemies of the People (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 12, 2011

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Rob Lemkin, Thet Sambath Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet | 2012 Emmy Winner Press Release


Rob Lemkin
Rob Lemkin
Thet Sambath
Thet Sambath

Some may say no good can come from talking to killers and dwelling on past horror, but I say these people have sacrificed a lot to tell the truth. In daring to confess, they have done good, perhaps the only good thing left.”

— Thet Sambath, Director/Producer


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Critical Acclaim

Stunning... Amazing... One of the most gripping and moving films I have seen.”

— Andrew Marr,
BBC Radio 4

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