The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme and the Museum of Tolerance, New York invite you to
“Cambodia: A Quest for Justice”
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Museum of Tolerance, New York at 226 E. 42 St.
From Nazi Germany to Rwanda to the former Yugoslavia, the world has attempted to bring some measure of justice to the victims of mass atrocities. In Cambodia, a reign of terror obliterated one-quarter of the population more than three decades ago. The Emmy-nominated United Nations documentary “Cambodia: A Quest for Justice” tells the unforgettable story of the first case ever heard at the United Nations-backed international tribunal.
In July 2010, the tribunal found Kaing Guek Eav, better known as “Duch”, guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes for overseeing the torture and killings of thousands of prisoners at an infamous prison known as Tuol Sleng or S-21. “Cambodia: A Quest for Justice” explores the trial through the compelling and emotional stories of two men: one a victim of imprisonment and brutal torture, and the other a prison warden who committed the torture.
Since the film aired, the tribunal heard the appeal of “Duch” and in February 2012 they increased his punishment, imposing a life sentence for his crimes. The exceptional efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice in Cambodia will be the subject of an event organized by the United Nations Holocaust Programme and held at the Museum of Tolerance, New York from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 30 May 2012. The documentary film “Cambodia: A Quest for Justice”, produced by the United Nations News and Media Division, will be screened and panellists will discuss what the trial means for Cambodia and the prevention of future genocides.
- Andi Gitow and Susan Farkas; co-producers of the film
- Stephen Mathias, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs
- Professor Alex Hinton, Executive Director for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights at Rutgers University
- Socheata Poeuv, founder and CEO of Khmer Legacies, which is creating an archive of survivor testimonies
- Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Relations, Simon Wiesenthal Center (Moderator)
Registration for this event is now closed.