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Documentary Who Killed Chea Vichea out on DVD!

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Who Killed Chae Vichea is now available as a DVD in The US.

This gripping 55 minute feature is a roller-coaster investigative journey into a tragic political killing and by extension, a story about a country ruled by impunity. And just to prove that a film maker’s work can still have an impact on governments that don’t like to be held to account, Cox’s film has been banned in Cambodia.

Cox’s repeated attempts to have the film screened in the country it discusses have been met with strong arm resistance from the Cambodian authorities. Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, established by the Cambodian government, is a space where Cambodians, so long as they number less than 200, can demonstrate. But even Freedom Park is not free enough to show Who killed Chea Vichea? On November 17th 2010, a screening at Phnom Penh’s so-called oasis of free speech was met by officers in riot gear and broken up.

Cox has managed to craft a gripping narrative on contemporary Cambodian politics and its ramifications for the country’s political and economic future.

Read my review of Joel Brinkley’s book Cambodia’s Curse, on Cambodia’s culture of impunity.

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