S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine
S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine (2004)

The brutality of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime is documented in Rithy Panh's documentary, S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine. S21 was a notorious detention center, an abandoned suburban schoolhouse used by the Angkor (the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 24, 2005
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

A haunting look at the historical amnesia that envelops countries or regimes after officially sanctioned barbarism.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post


Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Offers one of the most powerful and unforgettable looks at evil.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A modest but nonetheless devastating documentary.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

At a moment when issues of torture loom so large in our world, S21 testifies to the chilling ease with which ordinary men can cross the line into homicidal sadism.

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Scott Weinberg

...a powerful film indeed.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Cinema at its most intellectually honest and morally necessary.

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Jan Stuart

Serves as a potent and necessary reminder of how easily war can defeat the humanity of the good and the well-intentioned.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

"S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine" makes an articulate and cogent argument that should be seen and heard.

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