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The Pacifist and the Khmer Rouge

Start: 30 May 2012 1:15 am

Venue: Roxy Bar and Screen

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Start:
30 May 2012 1:15 am
Venue:
Roxy Bar and Screen
Phone:
020 74074057
Address:
128-132 Borough High Street, Greater London, United Kingdom, SE1 1LB

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The Pacifist and the Khmer Rouge

UK Premiere
Bernard Mangiante | , | 90 mins

It is the last trial in the career of François Roux, a lawyer specialising in the defence of non-violent activists and a supporter of civil rights. He defends Kaing Guek Eav, aka Douch, considered to be one of the bloodiest tortures of our times. Douch, who directed the detention centre S21 in Phnom Penh from 1975 to 1979, is accused of torturing and executing more than 15,000 people. Kar Savuth, who was detained in the jails of the Red Khmers, is the lawyer assisting Roux in the defence of Douch. On one side Gandhi’s disciple, on the other Pol Pot’s follower, and in the middle a young aide. The three figures are bound by a complex relationship where nothing is taken fro granted, including terms like 'guilt' and 'remorse'. From the preparation of the defence strategy to the final pleading, this film follows the backstage of one of the major international trials in the last few years and without any hesitation confronts the banality of evil, challenging the absolute notion of 'good'.

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