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The Journey with Jesus: Film Reviews

Film Reviews by Dan Clendenin

Enemies of the People (2009) — CambodiaEnemies of the People (2009) — Cambodia

           Thet Sambath's brother and parents were among the two to three million people killed by execution, torture, starvation and disease in the genocide by the ruthless Khmer Rouge, Cambodia's Communist Party that ruled the country from 1975 to 1979. For ten years Sambath spent his weekends taking his camcorder around the country to record the oral histories of all who would speak to him about those dark days. This documentary focuses on three people: Mr. Khoun and Mr. Soun, two peasant farmers who describe how they slaughtered hundreds of fellow citizens, and Nuon Chea, or Brother Number Two, who was second only to Pol Pot, Brother Number One. This film is not about politics or revenge, it's a deeply human inquiry about what people did, how they did it, and why. Although understated, it is very graphic. Said Mr. Khoun, "to come back to these killing fields makes me feel terrible. My mind, my body, and my soul are spinning inside. All those things I did are flashing through my mind." Today Nuon Chea is in detention awaiting a United Nations trial for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Enemies of the People premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. I watched this film on Netflix streaming.