Angkar movie poster

Angkar: UK Premiere

Born from a forced marriage during the Khmer Rouge regime, director Neary Adeline Hay travels back to Cambodia with her father, Khonsaly, to face his former Khmer Rouge persecutors. In Ta Saeng, the detention village that they lived together in as prisoners over forty years before, Khonsaly and the remaining inhabitants recount the workings of the sites that became theatres for the deaths of millions. In a contemplative, artful piece of testimony, Hay and her father produce a personal and poetic treatise on the need to record and reactivate memory and not forget the past, however painful it may be.

The Open City Documentary Festival is screening the UK premiere of Angkar with a Q&A with director Neary Adeline Hay at Picturehouse Central, Corner of Great Windmill Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, London, W1D 7DH, at 8:30 on Thursday 6 September.

The Man Who Led Pol Pot’s Executioner to Christ

Christopher LaPel was raised in a Buddhist family, but as a boy he was fascinated by the symbol of the cross. It was not until he had endured the suffering of the killing fields, in which his father, mother and sister died from exhaustion and malnutrition and his brother was executed, that he discovered the true meaning of the cross of Jesus Christ.

Years later, Christopher encountered Kaing Khek Ieu, also known as Duch, who had supervised the Khmer Rouge’s notorious interrogation, torture and execution centre at Tuol Sleng. Christopher led Duch to Christ and baptised him.

Duch was subsequently arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for his crimes. Christopher testified at his trial and now visits Duch in prison, where they read the Bible and break bread together.

Read more of Christopher LaPel’s story in the article ‘He survived the killing fields, led Pol Pot’s murderous general to Christ‘.