RADIO
Nhip Sreng, Group Leader, Ministr y of Commerce. His biography, taken at Tuol Sleng, shows that he was arrested on February 8, 1977 at the age of 24. No record of his execution has been located.
Source: Documentation Center of Cambodia Archives.
 

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Witnessing Justice 30 Years Later: Building Democracy in Cambodia Through Legal Education

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Chan Nhoung aka Nuon (Confession on tape dated November, 19, 1977)

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Interview with Chan Nhoung's relative, January 22, 2000

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Interview with Chan Nhoung's relative, January 26, 2000

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Youk Chhang, DC-Cam Director, Visiting Chan Nhoung's relatives
(Photo by Vanthan P.  Dara)
   
RADIO PROGRAM
2002-present
 
 

Radio programming is an important means of outreach to Cambodian people throughout the country. The majority of Cambodians, especially survivors of the Khmer Rouge period who live in predominantly rural areas, have little access to print and news media. Thus, radio remains a culturally popular medium and is often the sole source of national news and information for many Cambodians. The reliance of citizens, especially rural citizens, on radio broadcasts can lead to the manipulation of public perception when the radio messages are used for purposes of political propaganda. In general, because of this risk, the creation of accurate and objective educational programming remains a pressing need in Cambodia.

Since 2002, DC-Cam has been reading selected articles from Searching for the Truth magazine and portions of such books

as Anne Frank’s Diary on a local radio station, Women’s Media Center (WMC), FM 102, which reaches many Cambodian provinces. DC-Cam has produced a radio program on this station two times a week. In addition, our staff members have been guest speakers on an FM 102-hosted talk show which focuses on the Khmer Rouge.

 

In 2005, DC-Cam expanded its broadcasts to Battambang (also covering portions of Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat and Pailin), Kampong Cham, Sihanoukville and Svay Rieng. We explored various radio formats, such as forums and listener hotlines, to encourage audience participation in discussions of issues related to Democratic Kampuchea. In order to increase the cost-effectiveness of our programming, we opened a new studio at DC-Cam, enabling us to prepare high-quality, pre-recorded tapes and send them to provincial radio stations.

 

Early in 2008, DC-Cam discontinued broadcasting on WMC, FM 102, since the station now produces its own program about Khmer Rouge history. However, DC-Cam continues to read selected articles from Searching for the Truth, and the publication, Brother Enemy, A History of Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979), for Kampot Station, and works with VOA (Voice of America Radio) as well.

 

In 2012, DC-Cam initiated a new radio program entitled "Voices of Genocide Survivors (VoG): Famine in Democratic Kampuchea and Case 002 at the ECCC," which explores the famine which occurred during the Democratic Kampuchea regime. The goals of this program are to provide survivors with legal and historical narratives of a major and often-overlooked source of suffering and mortality under the Khmer Rouge and to provide a common platform for survivors of the Cambodian genocide to share their individual experiences. Through these specific goals, the program aspires to contribute to the larger objective of reconciliation and justice in Cambodia. In total, the VoG project will produce ten episodes, each discussing an aspect of the famine during the Khmer Rouge period in Cambodia. Each episode will be broadcast and re-broadcast as widely as possible throughout Cambodia each month. Moreover, after the initial broadcast, the program will be combined into an anthology and shown throughout Cambodia to highlight the issue of famine, utilizing program episode replays at public forums. These forums will be hosted at sites historically relevant to famine under the Khmer Rouge regime and will engage local survivors, students and community leaders in order to foster community engagement. DC-Cam plans to make the archived radio program series freely available to the public and researchers seeking more information on the Khmer Rouge famine and/or associated legal issues.

   

Station

Time

Coverage

Start date

Status

Womens Media

Center

Phnom Penh

FM 102

7:35-:45 p.m.

Wednesday

Thursday

First They Killed My Father

Searching for the Truth

Anne Frank

Oct. 2002

 

May 2003

 

July 2004

Completed

 

Completed

 

Completed

Preah Vihear

FM 99

7:00-7:30 a.m.

6:30-7:00 p.m.

daily

First They Killed My Father

Searching for the Truth

 

Aug. 2004

 

Aug. 2004

Completed

 

Completed

 

7:30-8:00 a.m. 4:00-4:30 p.m. Sunday (weekly)

Voices of Genocide Survivors (VoG): Justice and the Khmer Rouge Famine

March 2013

Completed

Battambang

FM 103.25

9:00-9:30 a.m.

3:00-3:30 p.m.

daily

First They Killed My Father

Anne Frank

 

Jan. 2005

Completed  

 

Completed

  8:00-8:30 a.m. 4:00-4:30 p.m. Sunday (weekly) Voices of Genocide Survivors (VoG): Justice and the Khmer Rouge Famine March 2013

Completed

Kampot

FM 93.25

7:00-7:30 a.m./p.m. daily

First They Killed My Father

Anne Frank

Jun. 2004

 

Aug. 2004

Completed

 

Completed

    The Journey to Freedom

Aug. 2007

 

Completed
    Brother Enemy

April.2008

Completed
   

Searching for the Truth

May.2003

Completed

 

    A History of Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979)

April.2009

Completed

 

 

7:00-7:30 a.m./p.m. Sunday (weekly)

Voices of Genocide Survivors (VoG): Justice and the Khmer Rouge Famine

March 2013

Completed

Radio National of Kampuchea AM 918

9:00-9:30 a.m 7:30-8:00 p.m  Sunday  (weekly)

Voices of Genocide Survivors (VoG): Justice and the Khmer Rouge Famine

March 2013

Completed

       
A New Cambodian Play by the Survivors of Khmer Rouge genocide
 

 Breaking the Silence
 A new Cambodian play
 Script by Annemarie Prins
 2008
 

 
 A Note from the Director

 

 In order to make this play, I have tried to understand this country of wonders and its wonderful people. It has been

over four years since I was invited by Fred Frumberg, executive director of Amrita Performing Arts, to give a workshop for the theatre teachers at the Royal University of Fine Arts. Using text fragments of my beloved writer Samuel Beckett, I introduced six actors/teachers (four of which perform in this show) to the world of western contemporary theater. During these two weeks, some of the actresses started tell me fragments of their childhood stories. Those were the seeds of our first new play, ‘3 year, 8 months, 20 days’: a production based on the memories of three actresses as young girls during Pol Pot’s reign, featuring Morm Sokly, Kov Sotheary and Chhon Sina. They play was conceived as a small scale indoor performance and has been presented in Phnom Penh and at the 2007 Singapore International Arts Festival. It was only at that stage that I realized that this production, which delved deeply into Cambodia’s recent history, would reach a very limited Cambodian audience. Having gained more and more insight into the effects of the genocide and the near extinction of entire generations of artists and intellectuals, I realized I had to make a second play. This new production would need to be made to tour throughout the country and deal not only with history, but also with the question of how to go on. Breaking the Silence is based on many interviews I conducted during a research trip in January 2008, several meetings with Chhang Youk – director of DC-Cam, the viewing of hours of footage and reading every available book on the topic. The main goal of this production is to find a way out of trauma’s silence; contributing to open dialogue as part of the process of reconciliation.

Travelling, talking, reading, viewing and most of all: working with this amazing team, helped me get closer to knowing the Cambodian soul. And I am grateful to the beautiful Cambodian poets, especially Sam Ou Oeur who is very present in this show. They all helped me to begin to understand.

I hope you will appreciate Breaking the Silence.

Synopsis

O, darling, my darling!
Now you are dead.
You’re shot dead... Buddho!
You’ve left me alone
in the middle of this island
From today onward
I shall have no hope.

This play is about regaining hope.
We will tell you stories.
The real stories of people who survived the Khmer Rouge era.
Stories that continue to evolve.
You’re invited to imagine their future, which could also be your future.

1. A story about divided people: two women and two men in their 50’s.
2. A story about two women who were young, so very young when their lives were ruined: and now are two adult women in their 40’s.
3. A story about betrayal and guilt: a 76 year old woman, caring for her 51 year old son.
4. A story about a student who dreamed about a better world: a man of 52 meets his mother of 75.
5. A story about a little girl, who wanted to say sorry but could not: she’s now 38 years old.
6. A story about a girl who stopped talking: then she was a teenager, now she’s 47.
7. A story about a boy and a girl who were once upon a time dear friends: they are now nearly 50 years old.

I won’t mind
if you have thoughts
to add to mine.
I won’t say
yours word are “good” or “not good”
If you have more to add
that would be wonderful.
 
 

UNSPOKEN WORDS


Script by Jennifer Ka
2010

Jennifer Ka is a Cambodian-American undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego majoring in Psychology. She has been involved in the Cambodian community for several years and is part of the Cambodian Student Association at her university. For the club’s annual show she wrote, directed, acted, and choreographed the play, “Unspoken Words.” The play is about a mother and a daughter who are unable to connect because the mother hides the pain of her past of the Khmer Rouge Genocide from her daughter. This is a past that the mother herself has not faced. Through the play, we witness one of the main reasons why there is a gap between the new generation and old generation of Cambodians.
 

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Listening to A History of Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979)

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Listening to Breaking the Silence

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Unspoken Words

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Voices of Genocide Survivors (VoG): Justice and the Khmer Rouge Famine
       
Contact: Pechet Men
               Team Leader