3 user 30 critic

Enemies of the People (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 30 July 2010 (USA)
2:21 | Trailer
One of the most harrowing and compelling personal documentaries of our time, ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE exposes for the first time the truth about the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge who were behind Cambodia's genocide.


Rob Lemkin, Thet Sambath
17 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Thet Sambath Thet Sambath ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nuon Chea Nuon Chea ... Self
Pol Pot ... Self (archive footage)
Khieu Samphan ... Self (archive footage)
Ieng Sary Ieng Sary ... Self (archive footage)


The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained. Until now. Enter Thet Sambath, an unassuming, yet cunning, investigative journalist who spends a decade of his life gaining the trust of the men and women who perpetrated the massacres. From the foot soldiers who slit the throats to Pol Pot's right-hand man Nuon Chea, the notorious Brother Number Two, Sambath records shocking testimony never before seen or heard. Having neglected his own family for years, Sambath's work comes at a price. But his is a personal mission. He lost his parents and his siblings in the Killing Fields. Amidst his journey to discover why his family died, we come to understand for the first time the real story of Cambodia's tragedy. Written by Sundance Film Festival

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis




Not Rated

Did You Know?


Featured in Grierson 2010: The British Documentary Awards (2010) See more »

User Reviews

powerful and unique
9 December 2010 | by thisissubtitledmoviesSee all my reviews

excerpt, more at my location - Filmmakers have long been obsessed by the Vietnam conflict. From Kubrick to Coppola and all stops in between, the war has been a cinema staple for years. Somehow, the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia has failed to ignite Western interest to anywhere near the same extent. Remaining in the shadow of its neighbour, a genocide which saw the massacre of up to two million people in the aftermath of the Vietnam War has rarely been represented on screen.

Enemies Of The People is a deeply personal film which, despite its harrowing content, offers a real sense of redemption to those who are both victims and perpetrators of the Khmer Rouge. More than just a labour of love for Thet Sambath, it offers a sense of closure and reconciliation - and serves as a powerful and unique historical document.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official site | Official site


UK | Cambodia


English | Khmer

Release Date:

30 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nép ellenségei See more »

Filming Locations:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia See more »


Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,277, 1 August 2010

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Old Street Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed