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Cinema Thursdays:S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus East Gallery, Buell Hall

Movies are usually screened Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., followed by a moderated discussion in French. Attendance is free for members and CUID holders, $7 for non-members. Unless indicated otherwise, films are in French with English subtitles.

Rithy Panh, 2003, 100 min.

Screening to coincide with the exhibit of works by Vann Nath and Sra

Rithy Panh is a critically acclaimed Cambodian documentary film director and screenwriter. His films focus on the aftermath of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. His family was expelled from Phnom Penh in 1975 by the Khmer Rouge, and many of them died in remote labor camps in rural Cambodia.

In this documentary, Vann Nath and Chum Mey, two survivors of the Khmer Rouge's Tuol Sleng Prison, are reunited and revisit the former prison, now a museum in Phnom Penh. They meet their former captors guards, interrogators, a doctor and a photographer in a chilling, confrontational review of Cambodia's violent history.