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Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia (1979)

Disturbing documentary, shot on site less than a year after the Khmer Rouge downfall, depicting the shocking situation and recent history of Cambodia.

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This compelling documentary shows the dreadful situation of Cambodia in 1979, less than a year after the Vietnamese army ousted the Khmer Rouge who brutally reigned from 1975 to early 1979. It explains through recent history and footage how it happened, showing USA's and China's involvement. John Pilger explores hospitals, former torture centre and the desolate capital city. He talks to victims and former soldiers of the Khmer Rouge regime, as well as doctors. He shows Cambodians, notably children, affected by hunger and disease. He questions the international community, notably the West, about their lack of reaction. Warning: some images are disturbing. Written by Teyss

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"Year Zero" of the title refers to what the dictatorial Khmer Rouge regime called the situation of Cambodia when they seized power in 1975: they thought culture and traditions must be eradicated in order to build a new revolutionary society from scratch. This lead to complete disaster, famine and mass killings. The regime was eventually ousted by the Vietnamese army in 1979. See more »

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