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Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell

Duch, le maître des forges de l'enfer

Directed by Rithy Panh
France, Cambodia, 2011
Documentary, History


Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge regime caused the death of some 1.8 million people, representing one-quarter of the population of Cambodia. Duch was in charge at M13, a Khmer Rouge-controlled prison, for 4 years before being appointed to the S21 centre in Phnom Penh.

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Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell Directed by Rithy Panh

Critics reviews

Duch’s bureaucratic mania, with his elaborate system of files and lists adorned with his own copious and explicit annotations of his orders for interrogations and killings, provides the evidence against him; Panh shows it, along with archival footage—the regime’s own filmed documentation of forced labor.
April 15, 2013
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