Scene from the film Enemies of the People
Scene from the film Enemies of the People
Scene from the film Enemies of the People
Scene from the film Enemies of the People
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Enemies of the People

  • United Kingdom
  • Cambodia
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The Khmer Rouge ran what is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most brutal regimes. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained. Until now. In Enemies of the people the men and women who perpetrated the massacres – from the foot-soldiers who slit throats to the party’s ideological leader, Nuon Chea aka Brother Number Two – break a 30-year silence to give testimony never before heard or seen. Unprecedented access from top to bottom of the Khmer Rouge has been achieved through a decade of work by one of Cambodia’s best investigative journalists, Thet Sambath. Sambath is on a personal quest: he lost his own family in the Killing Fields. The film is his journey to discover not how but why they died. In doing so, he hears and understands for the first time the real story of his country’s tragedy.


  • Original title
    Enemies of the people
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Rob Lemkin, Thet Sambath
  • DOP
    Rob Lemkin
  • Editing
    Stefan Ronowicz
  • Music
    Daniel Pemberton
  • Duration
    81 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United Kingdom
    • Cambodia
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Sundance Film Festival, USA
    • True/False Film Festival, USA
    • Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA
    • Vera International Film Festival, Finland
    • One World Film Festival, Czech Republic
    • Full Frame Film Festival, USA
    • Hong Kong International Film Festival
    • Beldocs Film Festival, Serba
    • OxDocs Festival, UK
    • Norwegian International Documentary Festival
    • New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival, USA
    • Krakow International Film Festival, Poland
    • British Indepedent Film Awards, UK is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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