In 1975-79, the Khmer Rouge waged a campaign of genocide on Cambodia's population. 1.7 million Cambodians lost their lives to famine and murder as the urban population was forced into the countryside to fulfill the Khmer Rouges' dream of an agrarian utopia. Attempting to make peace between Cambodian torture survivors and the Khmer Rouge soldiers who brutalized them, the documentary S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine takes a close-up look at the the prison camps where this disturbing chapter of history took place in the mid-1970s. As hundreds of thousands of people slowly starved in the rice fields, a select number met their fate inside Khmer Rouge interrogation centers. The most famous of these centers, codenamed S-21, was located in the abandoned suburban Phnom Penh high school of Tuol Sleng ("hill of the poison tree"). To the Tuol Sleng neighborhood, S-21 was known simply as konlaenh choul min dael chenh - "the place where people go in but never come out."
In S21, director Rithy Panh brings two survivors back to the notorious Tuol Sleng prison, now a genocide museum where former Khmer Rouge are employed as guides. Painter Vann Nath confronts his former captors in the converted schoolhouse where he was tortured, though by chance he did not suffer the fate of most of the other 17,000 men, women and children who were taken there, their "crimes" meticulously documented to justify their execution. To escape torture, the prisoners would confess to anything, and often denounce everyone they knew - though their final sentence was never in doubt. A shocking and revealing look at a terrifying event, director Rithy Panh--who endured four years in a Khmer Rouge labor camp--has made a starkly memorable statement with this grueling film.
Khmer (Cambodian language) with hardcoded English subtitles.
Video Codec: Xvid
Video Bitrate: ~1750 kbps
Video Resolution: 640 x 464
Video Aspect Ratio: ~4:3
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio BitRate: 192 kbps
RunTime Per Part: 101 mins (48+53)
Number Of Parts: 2
Part Size: ~700 mb