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Red Wedding: Women Under the Khmer Rouge
A film by Lida Chan and Guillaume Suon
Cambodia, 2012, 58 minutes, Color, DVD, Khmer, Subtitled
Order No. W131101
The Killing Fields in Cambodia became known to the world but little is known about the struggles of the women left behind. From 1975-79, Pol Potís campaign to increase the population forced at least 250,000 young Cambodian women to marry Khmer Rouge soldiers they had never met before. Sochan Pen was one of them. At 16, she was beaten and raped by her husband before managing to escape, though deeply scarred by her experience. After 30 years of silence, Sochan is ready to file a complaint with the international tribunal that will try former Khmer leaders. With quiet dignity, she starts demanding answers from those who carried out the regimeís orders.

To tell a story little known outside Cambodia, Cambodian Lida Chan and French-Cambodian Guillaume Suon include Khmer Rouge era footage underscoring warís traumatic legacy for Sochanís generation of women. Awarded two prizes at Amsterdamís prestigious International Documentary Film Festival, RED WEDDING demonstrates the liberating power of speech and memory in the quest for justice.


FreedomFilmFest, Kuala Lumpur, Best SEA Human Rights Film
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), NTF IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary
Geneva Human Rights Film Festival, WorldView Award
Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Aljazeera Golden Award (mid-length competition)
Gdansk DocFilm Festival, Poland, Jury Award
Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival, Burma, Special Jury Award

  • Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montrťal (RIDM)
  • This Human World, Austria
  • Watch Docs, Warsaw
  • Cambodia International Film Festival

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    "3 1/2 stars. A powerful documentary on both an emotional and intellectual level, this is highly recommended."
    Video Librarian

    "Combines all the elements of a great documentary: a powerful historical episode, retold from an unexpected angle, and a first-rate photography."
    International Documentary Festival Amsterdam Jury

    "Subtly and poetically illuminates the absolute necessity of a country to shine the light on the truth about its own history."
    Geneva Human Rights Film Festival

    "The story of a survivor who pits humanity against an ideology and a system designed to annihilate people like her."
    Foundation Alter Cinť

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    Red Wedding: Women Under the Khmer Rouge is included in the following Special Collections.
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