In 2004, Cambodian union president Chea Vichea was assassinated in broad daylight at a newsstand in Phnom Penh. Two young men were arrested, convicted, and sentenced to twenty years in prison. Both of them had alibis.
Director Bradley Cox’s eye-opening one-hour documentary Who Killed Chea Vichea? offers an unprecedented look at the inner workings of modern Cambodia, raising important and current questions about the rule of law, democratic development and globalization. Banned in Cambodia.
Who Killed Chea Vichea? is the double cinematic whammy: an intense and disturbing true drama and a testament to the power of documentary film.
— Library Journal
★ ★ ★ Recommended by Video Librarian
An investigative masterpiece ... arresting.
— Asian Educational Media Service
A remarkable documentary on the tragic story of Chea Vichea’s murder, which illustrates a brutal disregard for human rights by unscrupulous political power.
— Peter Leuprecht, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal
Former Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Cambodia
Spectacular, so well made and able to produce a complex understanding of a complex situation in a short time. And visually and sonically, it’s absolutely superb.
— Charles Sullivan, Program Coordinator
Center for Southeast Asia Studies, University of Michigan
A devastatingly effective piece of investigative journalism ... Our screening of the film was very well received, and in fact left the audience a little stunned ... The lessons learned here were more immediately useful and had more impact than any university lecture.
— Sarah Maxim, Vice Chair
Center for Southeast Asia Studies, University of California - Berkeley
Most impressive, deeply thoughtful, beautiful in its intimacy and deep understanding, and restrained in its judgments.
— Michael Fink, Professor & Filmmaker
Rhode Island School of Design
EDUCATIONAL SALES (download pdf)
Who Killed Chea Vichea? is of particular interest to scholars in Asia Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Law and Economics. Screenings have been hosted by the National Press Club, by colleges and universities including Harvard, Macalester, NYU, Ohio University, Shippensburg University, and the universities of Calgary, California–Berkeley, Illinois, Michigan and Washington. It has been broadcast on US public television through the National Educational Television Association.
The educational license includes library holding, classroom use and other non-public screenings within your institution.
For information on public performance rights see Public Screenings, below.
4x3 standard and 16x9 wide-screen formats
English, French and Spanish subtitles, accessible English captioning
Full Khmer-language audio option
Extra video features on the garment industry and the Cambodian court system
Extended interviews with Chea Vichea and other principal figures
Additional deleted scenes
Released August 2011 • 58 minutes • NTSC • Color • Dolby 2.0 Stereo
DVD with educational license: US$235 including postage.
To request a reduced price or to request a free online screener,
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The DVD is not region-coded, so it is playable without limitation everywhere. However the DVD is encoded as NTSC, the video standard used in North America, Japan and some other areas (map). Although almost all PAL systems will play NTSC DVDs, we can't guarantee that the DVD will play correctly on every player or TV everywhere. Questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
The suggested fee for public screenings (without admission charge) is $300. This fee is reduced to $200 if a library copy is also purchased. The fee may be lower for smaller organizations.
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