Who Killed Chea Vichea? (ON DEMAND)
DIRECTED BY - Bradley Cox
IndiePix Price: $2.99
RUNTIME - 58 minutes
RATING - Not Rated
YEAR - 2010
COUNTRY - Cambodia
ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen, Color, Stereo, Full-Frame
SPECIAL FEATURES -
All versions include English subtitles.
DVD version also includes:
- Original 4x3 full screen version and 16x9 wide screen version
- Full Khmer-language audio option (fully dubbed in Khmer)
In 1999, Cambodian garment workers demanding decent wages and working conditions found their leader in Chea Vichea. As president of Cambodia’s free trade union, he stood with them despite beatings and death threats.
Until a sunny morning in 2004. As Vichea read the paper at a sidewalk newsstand, three bullets silenced him forever.
- Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2010 (Missoula, United States)
- Cannes Film Festival 2010 (Cannes, France)
- Philadelphia Independent Film Festival 2010 (Philadelphia, United States)
- United Nations Association Film Festival 2010 (Stanford, United States)
- Rhode Island International Film Festival 2009 (Newport, United States)
- International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2008 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- Best Cinematography (Winner)
2010 United Nations Association Film Festival (Stanford, United States)
- Best Film (Political) (Winner)
2010 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival (Philadelphia, United States)
- Grand Prize - Directoral Discovery (Winner)
2009 Rhode Island International Film Festival (Newport, United States)
- Peabody Award (Winner)
2011 Peabody Awards (Athens, United States)
3 out of 4 Stars - "...interweaves archival and contemporary footage with interviews of eyewitnesses and others to present a damning journalistic investigation... Recommended."
- Video Librarian
Cambodian Politics Unveiledwritten by garry.ray on Dec 11th, 2011read all my reviews
this review is from: Who Killed Chea Vichea? (DOWNLOAD)
The last several decades of Cambodian politics have been monumentally venal and murderous, and Who Killed Chea Vichea captures its current dysfunctional state in the life and death of one man, the popular and effective labor organizer Chea Vichea.
From the outset of the film, Vichea declares in a posthumous interview that he knows his life in serious danger. That's the price he's willing to pay to relieve Cambodian garment workers of exploitation and unfair treatment. And indeed he does gain many financial and working benefits for his thousands of followers, only to be gunned down in cold blood at a local Phnom Penh market.
What ensues is not criminal justice but a long string of police bungling, political and personal intimidation of witnesses, and the transparent framing of two unfortunate patsies who eventually are sentenced to 20 years in jail. The alibis and testimony of numerous witnesses are ignored and buried. It seems as if everyone knew they were innocent. But the larger message is clear: what happened to Vichea is what might happen to anyone who engages in Cambodian politics or steps on the wrong toes. Everyone apparently knows that, just as Vichea knew it in his opening interview.
This a really outstanding example of investigative journalism, and one must credit the filmmakers for having the courage to follow the story wherever it led. It's a dangerous proposition. I only wish there had been a bit more coverage of the actual life and work of VIchea, and some clearer sense of "Who really did it."
But that's another truth about Cambodia: everyone knows, but saying it too directly will only bring more heartache.
An Exceptional Documentarywritten by jwquis on Oct 17th, 2011read all my reviews
this review is from: Who Killed Chea Vichea? (DVD)
Many people in the US have seen "The Killing Fields," a film about the genocidal brutality of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge and its leader, Pol Pot. Since this regime's overthrow in 1979, and Vietnam's withdrawal from Cambodia in 1989, Cambodia has moved off the international news radar. "Who Killed Chea Vichea?" lets us know that human rights abuses continue in Cambodia, including politically motivated killings of those who oppose the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
With eye-dazzling cinematography, excellent editing, and an intriguing narrative, viewers will long remember "Who Killed Chea Vichea?" They will also quickly understand why this documentary has won a half-dozen film festival prizes.