Facing Genocide - Khieu Samphan and Pol Pot

A feature documentary by David Aronowitsch and Staffan Lindberg

The film Facing Genocide is a search into the personality of Khieu Samphan. He was the Head of state of one of the most brutal regimes ever, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. We have followed him one and half year before his arrest in 2007. He is soon facing a trial and is charged with Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes and Genocide. The film gives insight into his mindset, his life today and his close relation to Pol Pot. It is a unique story about an ex-leader the time before his arrest and before he is put on trial.


Others appearing in the film:
Theary Seng, lawyer and victim of the Khmer Rouge. She is Khieu Samphan’s antagonist in the film and also the voice of the victims.
Jacques Vergès, Khieu Samphan’s defence-lawyer often called the Devil's advocate.
So Socheat, Khieu Samphan’s wife, who has been with him since the beginning of the seventies.
Nuon Chea, ideologist and Head of Security of the Khmer Rouge.

Festivals etc.
Göteborg International Film Festival 2010
The Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad 2010
Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Film Festival, Bergen 2010
Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) 2010
Doc Lounge, the 19:th of October in Lund 2010
International Rome Film Festival 2010
Aarhus filmfestival 2010, Denmark
OSD.DOC – Östersunds dokumentärfestival 2010
Human Rights Human Wrongs Film Festival. Oslo, February 2011

Cinema Screenings Sweden etc.
Wednesday the 20:th of October in Stockholm, Zita/Folkets Bio and seminar with
Theary Seng, survivor and lawyer, the UN-lawyer Hans Corell. Moderator Jesper Bengtsson, Reporters without borders. 
Saturday the 23:th October in Stockholm, Zita/Folkets Bio and seminar with
Theary Seng, survivor and lawyer, Moderator Jesper Bengtsson, Reporters without borders.
Sunday the 24:th of October in Stockholm, Zita/Folkets Bio and seminar  screening with
Peter Fröberg Idling, author of “Pol Pots leende”, Brittis Edman, specialist on Cambodia and responsible for South East Asia, Civil Rights Defenders. Moderator Jesper Bengtsson, Reporters without borders.
Tuesday the 26:th of October, Malmö, Panora Seminar and seminar with Staffan Lindberg and Johan Ekblad,Human Rights-specialist.
Wednesday the 27:th of October, Västerås, Elektra/ Folkets Bio and s
eminar with David Aronowitsch and Brittis Edman, responsible for South East Asia, Civil Rights Defenders. Moderator Jesper Bengtsson, Reporters without borders.
Thursday the 28:th of October
, Göteborg, Hagabio/Folkets Bio, Hagabio and Q&A with David Aronowitsch Q&A.

Production facts

By David Aronowitsch and Staffan Lindberg

Duration: 94 min.

Year: 2010

Shooting format: Super 16 mm.

Producer: David Aronowitsch, Jenny Örnborn and Tobias Janson

Camera: Göran Olsson

Research: Puy Kea 

Music: Michel Wenzer

Editor: Torkel Gjørv

Dramaturgist: Jon Haukeland

Sound edit and mix: Anders Nyström

Graphic Design: Stefania Malmsten

Broadcasters and financiers: The Swedish Film Institute/Tove Torbiörnsson, The Norwegian Film Institute/Maria Fuglevaag Warsinski, Slate funding Media Plus Programme 2006, The Nordic Film and TV Fond/Eva Færevaag, NRK / Tore Tomter, VPRO/Nathalie Windhorst, Konstnärsnämnden/The Swedish Arts Grants Committee

In co-production with: The Swedish Television, SVT/Axel Arnö, Medieoperatørene Norway/Charlotte Røhder Tved, Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen/Jesper Bergom-Larsson

Contact for International Festivals:

Sara Yamashita Rüster/The Swedish Film Institute

email: sara.ruster@sfi.se

phone: +46-(0)8 - 665 11 41