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Enemies of the People

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PBS Premiere: July 12, 2011


The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain largely unexplained. Until now. Enter Thet Sambath, an unassuming, yet cunning, investigative journalist who lost his family in the conflict and spends a decade gaining the trust of the men and women who perpetrated the massacres. From the foot soldiers who slit throats to Pol Pot's right-hand man, the notorious Brother Number Two, Sambath and co-director Rob Lemkin record shocking testimony never before seen or heard, in Enemies of the People. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media. Winner of the 2010 Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize. (90 minutes)

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TAGS: cambodia, dictatorship, documenting atrocities, genocide, khmer rouge, killing fields, pol pot, shoah

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Enemies of the People (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 12, 2011

Streaming Dates: Expired

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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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