Duch : Master of the Forges of Hell

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  • Creator First Run Features
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
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  • Publication [Place of publication not identified] : First Run Features, [2013] New York, N.Y. : Distributed by Infobase, 2017. ©2013
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr., 42 min., 14 sec)) : sound, color


  • From Rithy Pahn, director of the notorious documentary S21: the Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, comes his searing follow-up, Duch: Master of the Forges of Hell. Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the death of nearly 2 million people, a quarter of the Cambodia population. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, directed both the M13 and S21 centers, where tens of thousands of people were tortured and executed. He is the first Khmer Rouge leader to be brought before an international criminal justice court. He was found guilty and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Panh films an incredible, horrifying, in-depth interview with Duch, who talks candidly about his ascension in the Khmer Rouge party, and his involvement in the mass murder of his fellow Cambodians. As The Hollywood Reporter said, Panh's film is "likely one of the most elaborate discussions with someone responsible for mass genocide."


  • Originally released by First Run Features, 2013.
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on August 24, 2017.
  • Streaming video file.


  • Genocide (4:14); M13 Security (2:53); Angkar's Children (3:23); Party Members (4:08); "Pure Instruments of the Party" (6:17); Torture of Prisoners (5:10); Know Your Enemy (5:26); S21 Prison (5:03); Khmer Rouge Control (2:05); "New People" (4:12); Was Duch an Interrogator? (7:23); "Insignificant Prisoner" (5:19); Innocence and Truth (4:04); Demand of Proof and Confessions (4:04); Angkar Guidelines (3:39); Was S21 Unique? (5:46); Spreading the Ideology (2:52); Palm Reading and Medical Experimentation (5:53); Suffering and Death (5:14); Eliminating the Old Culture (6:11); Proletarian Ethics (2:19); Remorse and Forgiveness (5:07); Credits: Duch: Master of the Forges of Hell (1:05)
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