Genocide in South-East Asia

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1. Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia (1979)

50 min | Documentary, History, War

Disturbing documentary, shot on site less than a year after the Khmer Rouge downfall, depicting the shocking situation and recent history of Cambodia.

Director: David Munro | Star: John Pilger

Votes: 230

2. The Killing Fields (1984)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands

Votes: 47,697 | Gross: $34.70M

3. S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2003)

Unrated | 101 min | Documentary, History, War

75 Metascore

A unique documentary on the notorious S-21 prison, today the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with testimony by the only surviving prisoners and former Khmer Rouge guards.

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Khieu 'Poev' Ches, Yeay Cheu, Nhem En, Houy Him

Votes: 937 | Gross: $0.02M

4. New Year Baby (2006)

PG | 80 min | Documentary

Born on Cambodian New Year in a Thai refugee camp, Socheata never knew how she got there. After her birth, the family left the past behind and became American. Her parents hid the story of ... See full summary »

Director: Socheata Poeuv

Votes: 73

5. Enemies of the People (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained. Until now. Enter Thet Sambath, an unassuming, yet cunning, ... See full summary »

Directors: Rob Lemkin, Thet Sambath | Stars: Thet Sambath, Nuon Chea, Pol Pot, Khieu Samphan

Votes: 454 | Gross: $0.07M

6. This Shattered Land (1980 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

This documentary chronicles the destruction of Cambodia 1970 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge Regime, and the Cambodian famine of 1979-1980.

Director: Phil Lewis | Star: Jim Laurie

7. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Crime

90 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 31,179 | Gross: $0.49M

8. Unconcealed Poetry (2000)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

Tells the true story of the didong (a style of ballad) poet Ibrahim Kadir. He was in prison and was present during the mass killings of an estimated 500,000 suspected communists when ... See full summary »

Director: Garin Nugroho | Star: Ibrahim Kadir

Votes: 26

9. The Missing Picture (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Randal Douc, Jean-Baptiste Phou

Votes: 2,808 | Gross: $0.05M

10. Gibier d'élevage (2011)

91 min | Drama, History, War

When an American plane crashes in the Cambodian jungle, the pilot is taken captive by the Khmer Rouge. They instruct the kids of a village to keep an eye on the prisoner. While the younger ... See full summary »

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Cyril Gueï, Jhem Chuop, Soeum Chhoeum, Pruoch Chhoeum

Votes: 31

11. Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | 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. Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, was ... See full summary »

Director: Rithy Panh | Star: Kaing Guek Eav

Votes: 96

12. Wide Angle (2002– )
Episode: Land of Wandering Souls (2002)


"Land of Wandering Souls" follows a group of workers who are laying a high-tech fiber optic cable that will link Cambodia to the rest of Asia and Europe. The project is a hopeful symbol of ... See full summary »

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Amy Hargreaves, Jay O. Sanders

14. One Evening After the War (1998)

108 min | Drama, War

After the end of the Cambodian Civil War, people in Cambodia struggled in their return to their normal lives. Among them is a kick boxer Savannah (Narith Roeun). A survivor of the war, who ... See full summary »

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Chea Lyda Chan, Ratha Keo, Sra N'Gath Kheav, Peng Phan

Votes: 122

17. Rice People (1994)

125 min | Drama

In Cambodian refugee camps, when children are asked where rice comes from, they answer, "from UN lorries". They have never seen a rice field. One day, these children will have to learn to ... See full summary »

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Peng Phan, Mom Soth, Chhim Naline, Va Simorn

Votes: 245 | Gross: $0.04M

18. Cambodia, entre guerre et paix (1991)


A documentary about Cambodia, that explores the horrors and effects of the Khmer Rouge on the people and what future they may look forward to.

Director: Rithy Panh

19. Site 2 (1989)

92 min | Documentary

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Director: Rithy Panh

Votes: 18

20. Lost Loves (2010)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama

The heart wrenching true story of Leav Sila, just one of many countless mothers that did all they could to keep their family alive, only to see the vast majority be killed or starve to ... See full summary »

Director: Bora Chhay | Stars: Neak Chin, Southeary Kauv, Sopheak Nhem, Marineth Pok

Votes: 14

21. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 10,196 | Gross: $0.11M

22. First They Killed My Father (2017)

TV-MA | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Mun Kimhak

Votes: 10,591

23. Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia (1990)

29 min | Documentary, Short

Made as a relief worker's master's thesis, this documentary chronicles the difficulties of rebuilding a community in post-Pol Pot Cambodia.

Director: Ellen Bruno

Votes: 37

24. The Conscience of Nhem En (2008)

34 min | Documentary, Short

An intimate look at Cambodia 30 years after the end of the Khmer Rouge's reign.

Director: Steven Okazaki | Stars: Nhem En, Chim Math, Bou Meng, Chum Mey

Votes: 41

25. Comrade Duch: The Bookkeeper of Death (2011)

TV-PG | 83 min | Documentary

Comrade Duch murdered 14,000 people on behalf of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia's Tuol Sleng prison in the 1970 and 1980s. Today, the repentant killer has been confronted by evidence of... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Maben

Votes: 5

26. Brother Number One (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

Through Olympian Rob Hamill's personal story, Brother Number One explores how and why nearly 2 million Cambodians were killed by a fanatical left-wing regime known as the Khmer Rouge.

Directors: Annie Goldson, Peter Gilbert | Stars: Rob Hamill, Kulikar Sotho, Guek Eav 'Comrade Duch' Kaing, Rachel Hamill

Votes: 42

27. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance, War

65 Metascore

A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt, Bembol Roco

Votes: 17,968 | Gross: $10.28M

28. 40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy (2009)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

In one of the largest unknown mass-killings of the 20th century, an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 people were secretly and systematically killed in 1965 when General Suharto began a bloody... See full summary »

Director: Robert Lemelson | Stars: Budi, Nyoman Kereta, Lanny, Geoffrey Robinson

Votes: 40

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