S 21, LA MACHINE DE MORT KHMÈRE ROUGE

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S 21, LA MACHINE DE MORT KHMÈRE ROUGE

S 21, THE KHMER ROUGE KILLING MACHINE

Rithy Panh
Kambodscha/F, 2003
Documentaries, 101min, OmeU

S 21, LA MACHINE DE MORT KHMÈRE ROUGE

Rithy Panh
Kambodscha/F, 2003
Documentaries, 101min, OmeU

Screenplay: 
Rithy Panh
Sound: 
Sear Vissal
Camera: 
Prum Mésar
Rithy Panh
Editor: 
Marie-Christine Rougerie
Isabelle Roudy
Composer: 
Marc Marder

Production: 
INA 4 avenue de l’Europe 94366 Bry-sur-Marne, Frankreich T 1 49 83 29 98 ccouteau@ina.fr
World Sales: 
MK2 International 55 rue Traversière 75012 Paris, Frankreich T 1 44 67 30 55 sales@mk2.com
Format: 
Video (Betacam SP)
Color

In a film of almost unfathomable rigour, two survivors of the notorious S 21 detention centre in Phnom Penh join a dozen of their one-time captors in the now deserted
facility. The former guards go through their daily tasks, the former prisoners take us through their daily humiliations and terrors. As in Claude Lanzmanns work, Panhs film builds its moral (and legal) case slowly, painstakingly detail by detail. Unlike Lanzmann, Panh doesnt set himself up as an intermediary. He allows Vann Nath, the more vocal of the two survivors, to confront his old enemies on his town. But are they enemies? In Cambodia a nation was turned against itself, and the difference between those recruited by the party and those the party slated for annihilation is almost nil: the luck of the draw. The most alarming moments in this sober, quietly commanding film are the stalemates between Vann Nath and the guards: predictably tense, unpredictably polite, ending in a state of becalmed bafflement. (Kent Jones)