This past January, the new documentary Enemies of the People had its premier at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, winning the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize. Taking on an incredibly difficult subject — the atrocities of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge — filmmakers Thet Sambath and Rob Lemkin lead us on difficult personal journeys through the Killing Fields of Cambodia, the heart of the 1975-1979 genocide that took the lives of 1.7 million Cambodian people. Today, news of the the film has garnered a place on the front page of CNN news, one day before the Cambodian genocide tribunal hands down their first verdict on the crimes. This is particularly meaningful to us as Lowell, Massachusetts, is one of two U.S. cities with the highest number of Cambodian immigrants (only Long Beach, CA, has more). Many of these citizens made their way to the City after fleeing the terrors of the Khmer Rouge; they have become an integral part of Lowell’s cultural fabric, and we are so thankful and fortunate for this.
After its successful premiere last week (July 21-23) in Cambodia, Enemies of the People has its wide release in the United States (New York City) this Friday, July 30.
We encourage you to read more about this documentary by visiting enemiesofthepeoplemovie.com and by reading today’s (July 25) front page news feature “Filmmaker tracks Khmer Rouge killers to learn truth” HERE.
Below is the official trailer for Enemies of the People: