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  • The Bookkeeper of Death is held to account.

    The Bookkeeper of Death is held to account.

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  • Duch in white t-shirt with ARC printed on it

    Duch in white t-shirt with ARC printed on it

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  • Nic Dunlop in the Tuol Sleng gallery at photo of Chan Kim Srun

    Nic Dunlop in the Tuol Sleng gallery at photo of Chan Kim Srun

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  • Ho Van Tay, cameraman, Vietnamese Army

    Ho Van Tay, cameraman, Vietnamese Army

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  • Close up color photo of Duch

    Close up color photo of Duch

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  • Families at a ceremony for the victims

    Families at a ceremony for the victims

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  • Inside a classroom filled with school children

    Inside a classroom filled with school children

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  • 3 photos of Duch hanging to dry

    3 photos of Duch hanging to dry

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  • Prak Kahn - interrogator at Tuol Sleng

    Prak Kahn - interrogator at Tuol Sleng

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The Film

Comrade Duch murdered 14,000 people on behalf of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia's Tuol Sleng prison in the 1970 and 1980s. Today, the repentant killer has been confronted by evidence of his horrendous crimes against humanity in a court, and by the people of Cambodia who suffered at his hands.

In the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, Duch (born Kaing Guek Eav) and onlookers watch wrenching tribunal footage, and face the anguish and anger of relatives of Tuol Sleng victims.

Comrade Duch might never have been captured and brought to trial if not for Irish photojournalist Nic Dunlop, who searched tirelessly for Duch until finding him in a remote area near the Thai border, 20 years after his escape from Tuol Sleng and subsequent conversion to evangelical Christianity.

Because of the intervening years and the radical change Duch underwent while in hiding, it is not a simple matter to condemn the man. And yet it is especially terrifying to realize this mild-mannered math teacher could have turned turned into such a viscious sadist for years, and then suddenly converted to a peaceful and devout Christian. Perhaps it is simply too much to believe. It is up to the court to decide what justice awaits the born-again executioner.

The Filmmakers

  1. Adrian MabenDirector
  2. Lawrence PitkethlyProducer
  3. Krysanne KatsoolisCo-Producer
  4. Nick FraserCo-Executive Producer