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S-21, la machine de mort Khmère rouge (2003)

A unique documentary on the notorious S-21 prison, today the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with testimony by the only surviving prisoners and former Khmer Rouge guards.

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Rithy Panh

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Credited cast:
Khieu 'Poev' Ches Khieu 'Poev' Ches ... Himself - Guard
Yeay Cheu Yeay Cheu ... Herself - Him Houy's Mother
Nhem En Nhem En ... Himself - Photographer (as Nhiem Ein)
Houy Him Houy Him ... Himself - Security deputy
Ta Him Ta Him ... Himself - Him Houy's Father
Nhieb Ho Nhieb Ho ... Himself - Guard
Prakk Kahn Prakk Kahn ... Himself - the Torturer
Peng Kry Peng Kry ... Himself - Driver
Som Meth Som Meth ... Himself - Guard
Chum Mey Chum Mey ... Himself - Survivor
Vann Nath ... Himself - Survivor
Top Pheap Top Pheap ... Himself - Interrogator & Typist
Tcheam Seur Tcheam Seur ... Himself - Guard
Sours Thi Sours Thi ... Himself - Head of Registers
Mak Thim Mak Thim ... Himself - S21 Doctor
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Between 1975 and 1979, the communist inspired Khmer Rouge waged a campaign of terror and mass murder on Cambodia's population. Up to 1.7 mill. Cambodians lost their lives to famine, hard labor and murder as the urban population was forced into the countryside to fulfill the Khmer Rouge's dream of an agrarian utopia. In the former Security Prison 21 (code-named "S21"), which was once a high school and is today the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, director Rithy Panh brings two of the few survivors back to discuss what happened there between 1975 and 1979. Painter Vann Nath survived by chance and didn't suffer the same fate as 17,000 other men, women and children who were taken there, tortured and their so-called 'crimes' meticulously documented to justify their execution. The ex-Khmer Rouge guards respond to Nath's questions with excuses, chilling stoicism or apparent remorse as they recount the atrocities they committed at ages as young as 12 years old. To escape torture, the prisoners ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Country:

Cambodia | France

Language:

Khmer | Vietnamese

Release Date:

11 February 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine See more »

Filming Locations:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,302, 23 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,678, 22 August 2004
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Different from other Khmer Rouge Films
3 May 2013 | by CheshireCatsGrinSee all my reviews

For me, there are other films that deal with the full atrocities of the Khmer Rouge I would have watched one of them. Instead I wished to view the first hand accounts of guards and survivors, and this is what the film gave me.

It doesn't make this a good or bad film on this basis alone, I'm simply explaining on the criteria which I'm judging it.

Bringing together 2 of the 3 surviving prisoners, a few guards, and a doctor from the death factory of S21 to show one of several face to face encounters they have shared, we get the chance to have a front row seat to what they experienced. There were several mentions of these gatherings, plural, that it is clear this is not something the filmmaker took upon himself for the sake of the audience.

We hear of the punishments, the torture, and most upsetting to me the fact the they were coerced and beaten, sometimes treated medically so they would survive the torture until they would give a confession. Yet all admit the confessions were for the simple reason the prisoners were executed. This sent shivers down my spine.

The beginning scene to me was like a scene in a modern motion picture: it frames how we will view the rest of the footage. It succeeded very well on this extent.

I marked this film slightly lower than perfect for two reasons. The first is that there was no outside footage, except for a Kampuchea Loyalty song. Since this was the only outside influence I recall, it threw me out of the context when it played. Second a few scenes would have been handled better in a longer, slightly shorter single scene. The two separate daytime examples one guard gave of his behavior to called prisoners would have really benefited from this treatment. It also would have allowed the single nighttime example this guard gave of his treatments to these walking-dead men and women an added punch.

Overall, still an excellent film, as was Shoah which took the same technique. Don't expect a primer on the Khmer Roige, there are plenty of good ones around.


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