One sunny morning in 2004, a motorcycle pulled up to a corner newsstand in Phnom Penh. Chea Vichea, the president of Cambodia's garment workers union, looked up from his paper--and was executed on the spot. Under pressure from human rights groups and foreign aid donors, the police quickly arrest two local men. They are sentenced to twenty years in prison. Are they guilty, or is their conviction part of a larger plan? Filmed as events unfolded, WHO KILLED CHEA VICHEA? reaches far beyond the police station and the courtroom, to the top of the ruling party. It's a front-row seat to a world of corruption, calculation, and courage. Written by
Many people in the US have seen "The Killing Fields," a film about the genocidal brutality of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge and its leader, Pol Pot. Since this regime's overthrow in 1979, and Vietnam's withdrawal from Cambodia in 1989, Cambodia has moved off the international news radar. "Who Killed Chea Vichea?" lets us know that human rights abuses continue in Cambodia, including politically motivated killings of those who oppose the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
With eye-dazzling cinematography, excellent editing, and an intriguing narrative, viewers will long remember "Who Killed Chea Vichea?" They will also quickly understand why this documentary has won a half-dozen film festival prizes.
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