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Enemies of the People (2010)

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Critic Reviews: 6
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The Khmer Rouge ran what is regarded as one of the twentieth century's most brutal regimes. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained. Until now. In ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE the men and women who perpetrated the massacres - from the foot-soldiers who slit throats to the party's ideological leader, Nuon Chea aka Brother Number Two - break a 30-year silence to give testimony never before heard or seen. Unprecedented access from top to bottom of the Khmer Rouge has been achieved through a

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Rob Lemkin

Feb 28, 2012

$73.2k

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (0) | DVD (1)

This is patient, persistent, probing and fearless journalism of the highest order and it shocks to the core.

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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How the genial Sambath remains so circumspect throughout his taut sessions with Chea is remarkable, as is so much of this must-see exposé.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Extraordinary on several fronts.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Sambath is a great reporter and a wise, sympathetic guide, and Enemies Of The People accomplishes the difficult task of getting mass murderers on the record.

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Restraint is precisely what makes this quietly harrowing documentary, composed mostly of interviews with former Khmer Rouge henchmen, so uncommonly devastating.

July 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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An extraordinary historical testimonial.

July 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Like Chillingworth's investigations of the minister Dimmesdale in Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter," Sambath's conversations with Brother Number 2 and other killers aren't just reporter's interviews. They're attempts to cleanse and purge the heart.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Absorbing and historic.

January 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

A fascinating documentary that illustrates Georges Bernanos's famous dictum: "La colère des imbéciles remplit le monde."

December 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

This astonishing documentary by Cambodian journalist Thet Sambath, whose entire family was killed by the Khmer Rouge, gets as near as anyone has done to discovering how and why the killing fields happened.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Enemies incisively interweaves archive footage with revealing interviews...

December 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The matter-of-fact honesty is as unsettling as the nightmarish stories these people tell

December 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

While providing a fascinating insight into one of history's bloodiest reigns, what shines through is Sambath's ability to bury any vengeance in favour of journalistic impartiality.

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

It won't leave your head for the whole journey home (and just the journey home from the cinema).

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Extraordinary...

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The methodology employed by Thet and co-director Rob Lemkin is occasionally manipulative and the truth often remains elusive. But this is absolutely compelling, nonetheless.

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

War crimes cinema gets a new wrinkle, or scar of honour, in Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath's enthralling investigative documentary.

December 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

A powerful, well made documentary that serves as an important historical record, though it's understandably devastating to watch.

December 8, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Intense and harrowing, Sambath's documentary will pin you to your seat.

December 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A patient filmmaker gets his historic interview

September 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

This documentary centering around the Khmer Rouge's Nuon Chea is a sobering reminder that amorality can indeed not only exist but also apparently thrive in a vacuum.

August 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

An all-too-human face is put on genocide in this highly personal investigation into the horror of the Khmer Rouge.

August 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

One of the most amazing investigative documentary films of all time. The interviews are few but of the highest quality

August 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

As if the subject matter weren't disconcerting enough, Daniel Pemberton's music is positively eerie.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

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