Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future: April 3 (Cambodia)

April 2014 Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month

When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.
– Desmond Tutu

Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future

A free six-event commemorative film series featuring stories of survivors and their children

Enemies of the People (2009)

GENOCIDE: Cambodia
Thursday, April 3, 2014
6:30p – 9p

Golden West College
Student Center
15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA 92647
campus map
(see below for free PARKING details)
Speakers: Fran Faraz, Dr. John Hall, Kreng Krich, Zaklin Phat
Space is limited.

Community booths from partnering organizations will be set up inside the Student Center before the event, beginning at 5:30p.

Film Synopsis:

In ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE the men and women who perpetrated the massacres – from the foot-soldiers who slit throats to the party’s ideological leader, Nuon Chea aka Brother Number Two – break a 30-year silence to give testimony never before heard or seen. Unprecedented access from top to bottom of the Khmer Rouge has been achieved by one of Cambodia’s best investigative journalists, Thet Sambath. Sambath is on a personal quest: he lost his own family in the Killing Fields. The film is his journey to discover not how but why they died. In doing so, he hears and understands for the first time the real story of his country’s tragedy.

After years of visits and trust-building, Sambath finally persuades Brother Number Two to admit (again, for the first time) in detail how he and Pol Pot (the two supreme powers in the Khmer Rouge state) decided to kill party members whom they considered ‘Enemies of the People’. Sambath says: “Some may say no good can come from talking to killers and dwelling on past horror, but I say these people have sacrificed a lot to tell the truth. In daring to confess they have done good, perhaps the only good thing left. They and all the killers like them must be part of the process of reconciliation if my country is to move forward.”


Fran Faraz is the Director of the Peace Studies Program and is the Advisor to the Peace & Leadership Club at Golden West College. Ms. Faraz teaches Introduction to Peace Studies and Nonviolence and Conflict Resolution. Fran also organizes an annual Peace conference at Golden West College. Her goal is that with each passing year, the conference further helps to raise awareness and knowledge of a variety of peace-related issues.

Dr. John A. Hall is the director of the International Law Program and a Professor at the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University. He holds a B.A. from the University of Sussex, a J.D. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Oxford. Dr. Hall has carried out extensive Human Rights fieldwork in Cambodia (where his research centers on factory conditions, the bringing to justice of the Khmer Rouge, and human trafficking), and the Philippines (where he is currently involved working on behalf of 10,000 farmers facing forced relocation by land developers. Seven of the peasant leaders have been murdered). Previously, Dr. Hall was an employment attorney at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, and in-house counsel at Southern California Edison. Dr. Hall’s research has been published in journals such as the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, the Stanford Law & Policy Review, and the Columbia Journal of Asian Law. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, Investor’s Business Daily, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and more.

Kreng Krich is a survivor of the killing fields and while still in his youth, was sponsored to the United States in 1984. Mr. Krich grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, then attended school in New York. He moved to Southern California in 1997 and is currently employed at the Cambodian Association of America in the city of Long Beach, CA. Ironically, the agency was started in 1975 by a group of Cambodian university students to help Cambodian refugees resettle in America.

Zaklin Phat, a descendant of Khmer Rouge survivors, is a third year University of California, Irvine student majoring in International Studies. Born in Cambodia, she moved to the United States twelve years ago, at the age of nine. Ms. Phat is an intern at Living Ubuntu, seeking to increase genocide awareness within the Orange County Community, in order to heal the future. She believes that peace is achievable if people help one another. Her goal is to stop the abuse of human rights.
(See: An Interview with Zaklin Phat)

The closest parking can be found in LOT B. Parking fees will be waived for this event in that lot, so parking is free, if you are in LOT B. See campus map.

Living Ubuntu, in collaboration with Amnesty International – Irvine, community partners and six local academic institutions, presents a six-event commemorative film series featuring the stories of survivors and their children. April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, and each film commemorates a genocide that started during April. Living Ubuntu provides education about global traumas as part of its mission to heal trauma in order to promote peace. All events are free and open to the public. The third one is about the Cambodia genocide. All details are above.

For info on all six events, a complete list of community partners, and to RSVP, click here.
Contact us at:, or 949.891.2005

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