Find out more about the history of Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge and the parallel story of Thet Sambath, investigative journalist and co-director of Enemies of the People.
A History of Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge
Explore Thet Sambath’s personal timeline, spanning his youth, the Khmer Rouge’s rule and the production of the documentary Enemies of the People
Cambodia becomes a protectorate of France
November 9, 1953
Cambodia gains independence from France after 90 years of French rule. King Sihanouk becomes the ruler of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
The Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK) is formed out of the growing opposition to the rule of King Sihanouk. King Sihanouk nicknames the CPK “Red Khmer”