An Investigative Documentary with Psychological Drama
Teth Sambath, who survived the regime, clearly sees Enemies of The People as a personal mission, and the film has an underlying sense of urgency. Sambath is committed to uncovering the truth, and letting the world know what happened during his childhood, and its residual effects on the Cambodian people. His research is meticulous.
As we see in the film, Sambath is a skillful and patient interviewer, creating confidence and intimacy that allow his subjects to confess. And, little by little, he digs deeper and deeper, pulling the most horrific truths from the reticent Nuon Chea, his principal subject, and from the others he's interviewing.
Nearly two million people were slaughtered by the Khmer Rouge, and their bodies were left to rot in the regime's infamous killing fields. Using archival footage, eye witness interviews and voice over narration, the film delivers graphic, blow by blow coverage of the genocide -- gleaned from people whose culture and personal histories don't make it easy for them to discuss politics or the past.
The Impact of Refined Storytelling
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- Title: Enemies of The People
- Directors: Thet Sambath and Rob Lemkin
- Release Date: July 30, 2010 (limited)
- Running Time: 93 mins.
- Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
- Country: Cambodia
- Language: English and Cambodian, with English subtitles
- Company: Old Street Films
- Distributor: International Film Circuit
- Official Website