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The efforts of victims and victimizers to come to terms with historical trauma are admirable, but the film is too tough-minded to espouse a facile discourse of "healing" in the face of genocide driven by ideology run amok.
A haunting look at the historical amnesia that envelops countries or regimes after officially sanctioned barbarism.
A modest but nonetheless devastating documentary.
Cinema at its most intellectually honest and morally necessary.
At a moment when issues of torture loom so large in our world, S21 testifies to the chilling ease with which ordinary men can cross the line into homicidal sadism.
Offers one of the most powerful and unforgettable looks at evil.
...a powerful film indeed.
"S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine" makes an articulate and cogent argument that should be seen and heard.
Panh ... simply lets his subjects tell the story, and the words create an unrelenting and often hard-to-take portrait of a national despair.
A potent reminder that history is glutted with proof that trials, convictions and imprisonment for those accused of crimes against humanity offer no deterrent.
It's quietly effective and serves as stark reminder of the horrors that can result from blind obedience.
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