Documentaries

Duch, le maître des forges de l'enfer

Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell
Rithy Panh
FRA, Cambodia 2011
103min
V'12

Rithy Panh explored the legacy of cambodia’s genocide with S-21, LA MACHINE DE MORT KHMÈRE ROUGE. This captivating new documentary continues his investigation with a portrait of Kaing Guek Eav, the man responsible for running the notorious S-21 prison in the late 70s. Intercutting interviews with archival footage of labour camps and reenactments by former guards at the prison – whose testimonies sometimes contradict those of Duch – the film offers a complex and challenging portrait of a man known to the world as a monster. Duch remains reflective and softspoken, yet his argument that he was only performing a job “in the party’s interest, in my own interest of survival”, with its echoes of Nazi war criminals, is chilling. As a director, Panh refrains from commentary, allowing the audience to come up with their own opinions. (Giovanna Fulvi)

Credits
  • Rithy Panh
  • Sear Vissal
  • Prum Mesar
  • Rithy Panh
  • Marie-Christine Rougerie
  • Marc Marder
Catherine Dussart Productions (CDP), Bophana Production, INA, France Televisions

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