About 15 kilometers southwest of Phnom Penh are the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. During the Khmer Rouge Regime of 1970s that killed an estimated 1.7 million, many prisoners were brutally murdered in these fields. This peaceful and quiet location has been the sight of the cruel genocide of Pol Pot’s regime and to remember those who lost their lives, the Cambodian government has built a 17-story memorial stupa, which displays skulls and bones that are still being dug out daily from these fields.
No photo can do justice to the heart-wrenching emotion evoked by the sadness of the fields. We tried to capture the experience of walking through these grounds on video and but nothing compares to being present there and hearing about the tragedies from people, directly affected by it.
After the killing fields, we went back into the heart of Phnom Penh city to see the S-21 prison were most of the detainees of the Khmer Rouge regime were held. Stay tuned for a video record of that experience – it should be up next week.
Phnom Penh: The Fields video credits:
Co-Produced by Sachin Seth and Roop Gill
Written and Narrated by Sachin Seth
Filmed and Edited by Roop Gill