DC-Cam has supported several filmmakers with photographs and music, research, translation, logistics support, and interviews with its staff. For example, in 2004, we provided research, translation, and other support to Cambodian director Rithy Panh on his documentary S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. In April, DC-Cam director Youk Chhang accompanied Mr. Panh to New York to screen the film at the United Nations in preface to fundraising for the tribunal. We also gave advisory support to Mr. Panh two other documentary films.


The Khmer Rouge Rice Fields:

The Story of Rape Survivor Tang Kim


Director/Producer ¨ Youk Chhang

A Film by Rachana Phat


30 minutes

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One night, newly married Tang Kim was told by the Khmer Rouge that she was being taken to live with her soldier husband. But instead, she and eight other women were sent to a rice field near her village for execution. Huddled on a dike with only one soldier to guard her, Tang Kim heard the screams of the other women being raped. Knowing she would be next, Tang Kim begged her guard for protection. But the other soldiers returned and raped her as well.


This documentary relates the story of Tang Kim (who is a Buddhist nun today) and her constant struggles to come to terms with what happened to her during the Khmer Rouge regime. It has been screened in Thailand, the Brussels Film Festival, the Prix Bruno Mersch Film Festival, and the Museum of Modern Art and Asian Cultural Council in New York. It was also nominated as a finalist at the 2005 US ASEAN Film, Video and Photography Festival. Earnings from DVD productions of the film are being used to support the education of Taing Kim’s children.


Copies of this film are available at the Documentation Center of Cambodia’s Public Information Room (66A Sihanouk Blvd., Phnom Penh, 023-211-875, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.).





Behind the Walls of S-21:
Oral Histories from Tuol Sleng Prison


Producer ¨ Youk Chhang

Director ¨ Doug Kass
30 minutes

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After five years of waging civil war, Cambodian communist forces known as the Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh on April 17, 1975. They immediately began forcibly evacuating the residents of the capital and other cities, displacing more than two million people to the countryside.

The city dwellers joined rural Cambodians in an ill-fated attempt to turn the country back to “year zero” and establish a peasant-led agrarian society. Most of the population was forced to work 14 or more hours a day, building dikes and canals, and growing rice and other crops.

The Khmer Rouge also abolished schools, money, private property, courts of law, markets, businesses, the practice of religion, and nearly all personal freedoms.

Over the next nearly four years, as many as one of every four Cambodians died from
malnutrition, hard labor, or disease. At least another 200,000 were executed without trial.

Vietnamese troops and the forces of the United Front for the National Salvation of
Kampuchea invaded Cambodia on Christmas Day 1978. Encountering only a fleeing Khmer Rouge military and a weakened population, they moved quickly through the country and reached Phnom Penh on January 7, 1979. By late afternoon they occupied the city, which was empty save for a few hundred prisoners of war and people in hiding waiting to escape.

The next day, two Vietnamese officials who accompanied the invasion were drawn to the stench from a compound in the southern part of the city. There, they discovered the most important of the Khmer Rouge prisons, the former Tuol Sleng High School, which was known to the Khmer Rouge by the code name S-21.

Tuol Sleng was used to detain people the Khmer Rouge considered to be enemies of the state, including members of their own ranks. Of the estimated 14,000 men, women, and children held there, only about a dozen are known to have survived.

Two men who were imprisoned at Tuol Sleng, Bou Meng and Chum Mei, and a former guard, Him Huy, were interviewed for this film in 2006, more than 25 years after the tragedy of Democratic Kampuchea.

Funding for this project was generously provided by the Soros Foundation’s Open Society Institute under its Documents and Confronting the Past Affinity Group Project Support for DC-Cam's operations is provided by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)_______________________
S-21 Survivors today are: 1)  Chum Mey, 2) Bou Meng, 3) Nhem Sal,
4) Touch Tem.




Preparing for Justice 
Directed: Pivoine Beang/Fatily Sa/Bunthy Chey
16.42 minutes

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From 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge regime was responsible for the deaths of
approximately 1.7 million Cambodians, in one of the most brutal genocides of the 20th
After falling from power in 1979, the Khmer Rouge waged a civil war from the Thai
border for nearly 20 years.  But   by the late 1990’s, the regime was in a state of collapse,
and the Royal Government of Cambodia began working with the United Nations to
create a court to try senior Khmer Rouge leaders. An international tribunal was finally
established in Phnom Penh under the official name: the Extraordinary Chambers in the
Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) for the prosecution of crimes committed during the Period of
Democratic Kampuchea.
In 2006, the Documentation Center of Cambodia began a series of tours of the
ECCC to educate Cambodians about the workings of the
Tribunal, and to help them participate in the justice process.  The tours also brought
participants to key Khmer Rouge sites so they could witness for themselves the actions
of the regime. (See the tour report)
The tours sought people from across Cambodian society, including Buddhist Nuns,
Cham Muslims, students, and those living in poor areas with little access to information.
For it is the thinking, that the court will be most effective, if the Cambodian people
themselves are involved in the process.


Funding for this project was generously provided by Royal Danish Embassy, with core support from The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)






Director: Ratanak Leng 



15.44 minutes

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Over 2 million lives were exterminated by a mass genocide in Cambodia, leaving behind a country still

recovering from the torture and torment of nearly four years of despotic rule by the Khmer Rouge regime. More than thirty years since the collapse of the regime, people are still struggling to live their normal lives. From the pain and trauma of the killing fields of Cambodia emerges a story of truth, revenge, and forgiveness. In Mass Grave Near Pagoda two women, Lieb and Kim Vaing grapple with the death of their respective father and uncle by the hands of Kin, a willing executioner, who killed to preserve his own life. All three live in the same village. Faced with the truth of the past, they must now question their faith in religion and humanity to find the strength to forgive.


The Victims Participation Project (VPA) is funded by British Embassy, Danish Embassy, Open Society Institute (OSI), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Embassy of Norway (Thailand) with core support from The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)




Kbang Tik Tonle -- A River Changes Course




Rally with A River Changes Course

A River Changes Course Discussion Guide







Environmental Film Festival at Yale - Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature


Hollywood Reporter - Winner of the Human Rights Award at River Run Film Festival


The News Observer - Winner of the Filmmaker Award at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival


Atlanta Film Festival - Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature


The Examiner - Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival



San Francisco Bay Guardian - Winner of Documentary Feature Golden Gate Award

l - Winner of Outstanding Director Award and the Outstanding Cinematography Award


Selected as the opening night film of the Season of Cambodia at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

The film with its title in Khmer Kbang Tik Tonle refers to the importance of water in Cambodians' lives. It means that if one holds a scoop of water, every single drop of the water has to be protected, because the river and the water mean life to the Cambodian people.

Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes course, while the river of life flows in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth, creation and destruction. Working in an intimate, verité style, filmmaker Kalyanee Mam (Director of Photography for the Oscar-winning documentary INSIDE JOB), spent two years following three young Cambodians as they struggled to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing, and overwhelming debt. A breath taking and unprecedented journey from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh, A River Changes Course traces a remarkable and devastatingly beautiful story of a country torn between the rural present and an ominous industrial future.

By March 2103, A River Changes Course has been awarded the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary Feature, and Tops Full Frame Winners: Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award at Sundance Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, in the U.S. Also, the film has been selected to international film festivals in the U.S., Germany, Korea, Australia, and Israel. Among those, A River Changes Course has been selected as a finalist for the Festival Grand Jury Award in Non-Fiction Feature Filmmaking, an annual component of The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

DC-Cam has received numerous requests to hold special screenings at universities, organizations, and other venues in Cambodia and abroad. In Cambodia alone, this quarter, DC-Cam has screened the film to approximately 1,560 people. The audiences include villagers, students, NGO's members, embassies' staff, academics, etc... The following is the list of locations where the film screenings have been held and will be screened.

Cast and Credits
Executive Producer: Youk Chhang
Director/Cinematographer: Kalyanee Mam
Producers: Kalyanee Mam, Ratanak Leng
Editor: Chris Brown
Composer: David Mendez
Sound: Zach Martin, Angie Yesson


Featured Length Documentary


For the last twenty years, the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) has been at the forefront of efforts to gather stories of the surviving victims of the Cambodian genocide and to educate future generations on the events of this horrific period.


As Cambodia moves forward towards rapid development, the DC-Cam will have another unprecedented opportunity to document, through a film, the social and environmental impact of development in Cambodia.  The film project aims to engage and inspire both a local and global dialogue on this subject as well as reveal the natural beauty of Cambodia’s people and landscape.


In LAND/WATER/RAIN, two ethnic Khmer communities, the Pnong, living in the forested hills of Mondul Kiri Province, whose livelihood depends on the land, and the Chams living on

the river of Kampong Chhnang Province, whose livelihood is drawn from the water – struggle with the momentous challenges of daily survival in the face of development and change. Having lost their home and livelihood once to the Khmer Rouge, these communities must now cope with a second loss – the loss of an ability to make a living from the land and the river that are their homes.


Set in the context of a nation still struggling to reconcile its past, how individuals within these communities confront and resolve their losses is telling of how Cambodia will brave its own future.


Cambodia's story is not unique as the consequences of rapid development are being felt all over the world. But the tragic history of this nation, it's landscape saturated with vast green rice fields, glistening water and monsoon rains, and the people whose strength continues to endure despite difficult odds, makes for an exceptional, beautiful, and touching story.


Funding for this project was generously provided by the MACARTHUR foundation and with core support from The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).





Director: John Pirozzi 



1 hour and 47 minutes

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During the 60’s and early 70’s as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head – creating a sound like no other.


Cambodian musicians crafted this sound from the various rock music styles sweeping, America, England and France, adding the unique melodies and hypnotic rhythms of their traditional music. The beautiful singing of their renowned female vocalists became the final touch that made this mix so enticing.

But as Cambodian society - young creative musicians in particular - embraced western culture and flourished under its influence, the rest of the country was rapidly moving to war. On the left, Prince Sihanouk joined forces with the Khmer Rouge and rallied the rural population to take up arms against the government that deposed him. On the right, the Cambodian military, with American military support, waged a war that involved a massive aerial bombing campaign on the countryside. In the end, after winning the civil war, the Khmer Rouge turned their deadly focus to the culture of Cambodia.


After taking over the country on April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge began wiping out all traces of modernity and Western influence. Intellectuals, artists and musicians were specifically and systematically targeted and eliminated. Thus began one of the most brutal genocides in history, killing an estimated two million people – a quarter of the Cambodian population.


DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. This documentary film provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with only war and genocide.


The film is a celebration of the incredible music that came from Cambodia and explores how important it is to Cambodian society both past and present.


Presented by Harmony Productions/Primitive Nerd/Pearl City

Executive Producers Bradley Bessire/Youk Chhang/Jonathan Del Gatto

Associate Producers Daniel Littlewood  Amy Boyd

Associate Producer/Lead Researcher Linda Saphan

Additional production services by The Documentation Center of Cambodia

Editors Daniel Littlewood Greg Wright Matthew Prinzing

Producers John Pirozzi Andrew Pope

Director John Pirozzi

An Argot Pictures Release







Director: Makara Ouch 



7 minutes and 25 second







One of the most iconic photographs at S-21 is a woman holding a new born with an unmistakable expression. Looking closer a discernable drop of tear could be seen in the photo. It is displayed in Building B of the Toul Sleng Genocide museum. At this point an unsuspecting tourist would have realized how cruel and harrowing this prison was under the Khmer Rouge regime. Here alone nearly 14,000 people were tortured, forced to confess and executed. Both the mother and her baby were killed at S-21 in June 1978, less than two months after they were brought in. This photo represents everything that was cruel at S-21 and the indiscriminate killing that happened here or throughout the regime. Men, women, children, adolescents and elderlies were all brutally tortured, starved and killed. Writers, journalists and state officials including former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton were drawn to this photo. It has a story. The woman in the picture was Cham Kim Srun who was a wife of a Khmer Rouge regional chief named Sek Sat. Both were former Khmer Rouge revolutionaries who had fought for the regime for many years before it took power in April 1975. They were brought to S-21 at the height of the Khmer Rouge’s internal purge of the Eastern Zone. Their only surviving daughter is a 44-year old Sek Say who lives an hour-drive to the east of Phnom Penh. For more than twenty years she was searching for her mother. She knew that her father had been killed by the Khmer Rouge, but retained a faint hope that they would spare her mother for her revolutionary contribution. But she discovered her mother’s photograph in 2005 through a publication of DC-Cam’s family tracing of Searching of the Truth. Today Sek Say has five beautiful children. She is stricken by grief but looking forward to building a bright future for her children.






Director: Makara Ouch



5 minutes and 34 second







Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.






Director: Makara Ouch 



4 minutes and 36 second











Wat Langka Preah Kosomaram

Director: Makara Ouch 



2 minutes and 54 second












Director: Makara Ouch



1 minute and 12 second










Kingdom of Memory

Director: Makara Ouch 



2 minutes and 11 second







Cambodia. A mystical land embroidered by nature and adorned with soaring architectural monuments of ancient human adulation to Buddhist and Hindu gods draws us away from the often mundane and repetitious landscape of everyday life. To experience its profound beauty is to abandon the spiritual vacuum of the life of work and to be carried into another dimension of wonderment, immutability, inspiration and fulfillment.






Films on DK in France (in Khmer)




Films on DK in France (in English)


  ˇ List of Documentary Films Transferred to France  



Films Produced by Democratic Kampuchea




Film Transcript: Ieng Thirith


  ˇ Missing Films from Democratic Kampuchea: A French Mystery  
  ˇ List of DK Films  



Democratic Kampuchea Films Have Returned




Investigative Inertia During the ECCC Trial Phase the 1979 “S-21 VIDEO” and Child Survivor Norng Chanphal  


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