The Killing Fields (1984)

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Based on the article 'The Death and Life of Dith Pran', by Sydney Schanberg. In 1973 reporter Schanberg arrives in Cambodia, impacted by the neighbouring war in Vietnam. He is assisted by Dith Pran and they become friends. After the fall of Phnom Penh, Dith Pran is imprisoned by the Khmer Rouge, along with Schanberg and other journalists who are released by his intervention. Dith Pran pretends to be a taxi driver and becomes part of the forced exodus from the cities into rural work and harsh life in the paddy fields and villages, with the daily terror of being denounced or killed by fanatical Khmer Rouge forces or indoctrinated youngsters. He risks all to try and reach the border and escape.

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