Thursday 7th February, 2013 at 8:00pm
Rich Mix Cinema
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA.
£7 (£5 conc)
YEAR ZERO: THE SILENT DEATH OF CAMBODIA
Dirs. David Munro & John Pilger
UK - 1979 - 50mins
Filmed inside Cambodia in 1979, the year the Khmer Rouge were overthrown, Pilger and Munro's groundbreaking and compassionate film was the first Western journalism to fully reveal the devastation wreaked upon the country. John Pilger lays bare the entire chain of events, from the removal of King Norodom Sihanouk to ensuing famine and genocide under the Khmer Rouge. A rare chance to see this poignant and sobering portrait of Cambodia's recent history.
Laid bare astonishing facts with such skill and power it was impossible to get up and leave - The (London) Times
John Pilger has been a war correspondent, film-maker and author, and has twice won British journalism's highest award, that of Journalist of the Year. He has also been named International Reporter of the Year, and won the United Nations Association Peace Prize and Gold Medal
Dirs. Guillaume Suon & Lida Chan
Cambodia / France - 2012 - 58 mins
Between 1975 and 1979, at least 250,000 Cambodian women were forced to marry Khmer Rouge soldiers they had never met before in a concerted effort by the regime to increase the population. Sochan Pen was one of them. Aged 16, she was beaten and raped by her husband before managing to escape, albeit deeply scarred by the trauma of her experience.
After 30 years of silence, Sochan is ready to file a complaint with the international tribunal set up to try former Khmer Rouge leaders, and with quiet dignity she begins to demand answers from the regime which caused such agony to a country and its people.