Deacon of Death - Looking for Justice in Today's Cambodia

Jan van den Berg Long documentary - 2004 - 65 min.

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The atrocities that Sok Chea experienced as a child under Pol Pot's regime haunt her to this day, almost thirty years later. So it is not surprising that she is shocked when she suddenly sees the man in person who was in command in her prison and whom she holds responsible for the decease of a large part of her family. Today, he again holds an important position. One of his capacities is deacon of death, supervising cremation ceremonies. Sok Chea decides to gather evidence against him. She wants to take him to court. But will she succeed in a country where fear still reigns, that has hardly any jurisdiction and where corruption prevails? Moreover, Cambodians believe in karma and clemency. Perpetrators will be punished after death, anyhow. Sok Chea's search leads to a confrontation with Karoby, in the same pagoda as where the savagery took place.


Director(s) Jan van den Berg
Producer(s) Loran Kuypers
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Pim Verdonk
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