Virgin makes friends with Enemies
Indie film house Extra Virgin has acquired Thai rights to Enemies of the People, the British-made documentary about Cambodia.
The company, which has pioneered a micro-releasing model for controversial films, says it will give Enemies a release in the first quarter of this year.
The film is jointly-directed, filmed and produced by Rob Lemkin and Cambodian journalist Thet Sambath as Sambath embarks on a personal mission to get close to Khmer Rouge leader Noun Chea. The film includes rare footage of the leader giving on camera testimony of the regime’s devastating atrocities in the ‘killing fields’.
Enemies started its career at the 2009 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and won the special jury prize and last year’s Sundance festival and the outstanding documentary award at the 2010 Hong Kong International Film festival. But it has still been little seen in South East Asia. Thailand shares a land border – and tense political relations – with Cambodia.