Monday, February 28, 2011

Watching The Killing Fields in Amazon HD ...

Plot: A photographer is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians.

The photographer was Dith Pran, who died in the US of pancreatic cancer after making his way on his own to the US. 

His sponsor was the NYTimes reporter Sidney Schamberg who wrote in the New York Times about the departure of the Americans and the coming regime change about the Cambodians that "it is difficult to imagine how their lives could be anything but better with the Americans gone."

Schamberg also wrote a dispatch on April 13, 1975, with the headline "Indochina without Americans: for most, a better life."

Schamberg and the New York Times apparently approved of Pol Pot's murderous cleansing of intellectuals in Cambodia.

Schamberg worked with a former USArmy photographer, Al Rockoff  (played in the move by John Malkovich)Al, with whom I also worked in Vietnam in the late 1960's, stayed behind in Cambodia and has covered the country photographically since the 1960's. I don't know Al's politics.