|S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine
A film by Rithy Panh
101 minutes, documentary, color, Khmer w/ English subtitles, 2003
S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine is part of The Human Rights Watch Collection.
In 1975-79, almost two million Cambodians lost their lives to murder and famine when the Khmer Rouge forced the urban population into the countryside to fulfill their ideal of an agrarian utopia.
The notorious detention center code-named 'S21' was the schoolhouse-turned prison where 17,000 men, women and children were tortured and killed, their "crimes" meticulously documented to justify their execution.
In this award-winning documentary and astonishing historical document, survivor Vann Nath confronts his captors, some of whom were as young as 12 years old when they committed their atrocities.
WINNER! International Human Rights Award 2004
"A chilling, remarkable film. . . eloquent beyond words." - San Francisco Bay Guardian
"As horrific an exposure to evil as Lanzmann's Shoah." - Village Voice
"A fume of pure evil rises from this often quite terrifying documentary... moving and haunting." - Guardian (U.K.)
"A plainspoken powerhouse that makes you weep for humanity." - NY Newsday
"Shattering...won't soon be forgotten." - TV Guide
The Lost Executioner: A Story of the Khmer Rouge by Nic Dunlop
Survival in the Killing Fields by Haing S. Ngor & Roger Warner
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