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"Enemies of the People:" Director of new Cambodian Genocide documentary in Minneapolis Nov. 11

U of M Human Rights Program sponsors Rob Lemkin's visit

What: Screening of “Enemies of the People” with director/producer Rob Lemkin
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11
Where: St. Anthony Main Theater, 115 Main St. S.E., Minneapolis
FFI public: or (612) 626-7947
Tickets: $10 general, $8 students/seniors

Contacts: Kelly O'Brien, College of Liberal Arts,, (612) 624-4109
Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

November 1, 2010

Rob Lemkin, director/producer of “Enemies of the People,” will appear at a screening of the film on Thursday, Nov. 11. The University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Program is sponsoring his visit.

“Enemies of the People” follows co-director/producer Thet Sambath’s journey as he methodically cultivates access to the men and women who perpetrated the massacres of two million Cambodians during the genocide of 1975-79. Sambath is on a personal quest: he lost his own family in the Killing Fields. The film is his journey to discover not how but why they died. In doing so, he hears and understands for the first time the real story of his country’s tragedy.

After years of visits and trust-building, Sambath finally persuades party’s ideological leader, Nuon Chea (aka Brother Number Two) to admit in detail how he and Pol Pot decided to kill party members whom they considered enemies of the people. Lemkin’s and Sambath’s work represents a watershed both in Cambodian historiography and in the country’s quest for closure on one of the world’s darkest episodes.

“Enemies of the People” will screen at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Main as part of Minnesota Film Arts’ In Search of Asia: Minneapolis-St. Paul Asian Film Festival. Lemkin will follow the screening with a discussion and Q&A.
Rob Lemkin is the founder and director of Old Street Films. He has produced and directed over 50 documentaries for BBC, Channel 4 (United Kingdom), ITV, Sky, The History Channel and Arts & Entertainment. He has won numerous awards in Britain and abroad, and his work has appeared in major documentary strands for C4, BBC and ITV. He has made several films about the history and politics of Asia, including The Real Dr Evil (BBC/Arts & Entertainment 2003), Who Really Killed Aung San? (BBC2 1997), Malaya: The Undeclared War (BBC2 1998), China: Handle with Care (C4 2001) and Bearers of the Sword (C4 2002)

Rob Lemkin is available for interviews in Minneapolis on Nov. 11 and by phone the week prior.


The university's Human Rights Program educates students by connecting them with academic and real-world experience in the field of international human rights. The program brings together faculty and students with other human rights actors, including governmental and nongovernmental organizations, to support interdisciplinary research and training in the field of human rights.

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