S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine Movie Review 2003

Information and Film Reviews for S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine the Movie

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From 1975-1979, the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, instituted a series of murderous purges that took place at S21, a high school turned interrogation and torture center in Phnom Penh where 17,000 prisoners were "processed." Only three lived to tell about it. Vahn Nath, an artist, relates his story of survival by painting flattering portraits of the guards. Journals kept by guards and re-creations describe the painful techniques used on prisoners. Director Rithy Panh (himself an inmate at S21) takes an unvarnished look at the horrors perpetrated in the name of the state.

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First Run Features, The Film Center Building, 630 Ninth Ave., Ste. 1213, New York, NY 10036, Phone: (212)243-0600, Toll-free: 800-229-8575, Fax: (212)989-7649, Email: info@firstrunfeatures.com, URL: http://www.firstrunfeatures.com

Available on DVD
Running time 105 minutes.
Originally from French.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Documentary, Cambodia, Communists & Communism, Asia, Concentration/Internment Camps
Screenplay
Rithy Panh
Cinematography
Rithy Panh, Prum Mesar
Director
Rithy Panh
Music
Mark Marder
Other
Myriam Rene, Marie-Christine Rougerie, Isabelle Roudy

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