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Master of the Forges of Hell
Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell
A Documentary film by Rithy Panh
Running time 103’
In Cambodia, between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge regime caused the death of approximately 1.8 million people, representing a quarter of the population of Cambodia.
Kaing Guek Eav aka Duch has led the M13, a prison controlled by the Khmer Rouge, for four years before being appointed by the Angkar (the Organisation), to the centre S21 in Phnom Penh. As the secretary of the S21 Party, he has ordered this death engine where died, according to the remaining archives, at least 12 380 people. But how many others disappeared, “crushed, reduced to dust”?
In 2009, Kaing Guek Eav aka Duch, was the first Khmer Rouge leader presented before the Extroardinary Chambers within Courts of Cambodia (CETC).
After pleading guilty, Duch has requested his realeased.
On February 3rd 2012, he was sentenced on appeal to life imprisonment.