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.
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.).