The Killing Fields

Over the weekend I finally had the chance to watch The Killing Fields, a film that had been sitting by my tv for a few weeks knowing it was not something to be treated lightly. Extremely powerful in it’s own right, there’s something about seeing a film like this after you’ve been a place making it strike home that much harder. Even harder to grasp was how the events of this film – the mass killing of nearly 2 million Cambodians (a third of the population) happened not all that long ago. (Also crazy to think that when my mom visited Cambodia nearly 40 years ago, these events hadn’t happened – and it’s still beyond me how mass killings like this could ever happen.)

Read more about the life (and recent death) of Dith Pran, the journalist partner of Sydney H. Schanberg, portrayed in the film.


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