01 May 2011

 

May 1: Phnom Penh

Trade unionists will make a fourth attempt to show Who Killed Chea Vichea? in Cambodia this Sunday evening, May 1, which is International Labor Day.

Sunday May 1
SRP Headquarters, 71 Sothearos Blvd
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Free and open to the public

Two previous efforts, the first of them one year earlier on May 1, 2010, were thwarted by riot police. A third was stopped after about 25 minutes when power to the venue was suddenly cut off.

The Sam Rainsy Party offered its headquarters compound for Sunday's outdoor screening, but Chea Mony, Vichea's brother and his successor as president of the Free Trade Union, told the Phnom Penh Post that he would screen it at the request of any party that offered a large space.

Sunday's screening comes as Who Killed Chea Vichea? begins its television run in the United States with broadcasts in Colorado and Texas. Broadcasts will continue through May and into June; so far, more than 65 million Americans will have the opportunity to watch the film. (look up broadcasts)

Articles:
The Phnom Penh Post
Voice of America

UPDATE FROM PHNOM PENH:
The Khmer version of Who Killed Chea Vichea? was screened for the first time in Cambodia on Labor Day, May 1, 2011. 
It was the first time ever this documentary film was shown in full, without disruption, without threat from the government. It was shown at the headquarters of the Sam Rainsy Party. Chea Vichea was a founder of the party and led many strikes with Mr. Sam Rainsy, the president of the party. 
Workers came on their own, students rode their bikes and cut classes, moto taxi drivers and party supporters joined the audience. It was widely attended by local and international media in Cambodia. 
The Cambodian version is very powerful as there are moments and situations that are best understood in Cambodian language.

There were tears, shock and anger.
Tears as we miss Chea Vichea.
Shock as he was lying in a pool of blood.
Anger as we know the truth but no action has been taken. 
The power of the film will make it impossible for the public to see it in a public space, unless there is a change of leadership in Cambodia. 
The truth must be told. We will continue to tell it through this very powerful film. We urge you all to take the film to each and every group you know. For justice.
Mu Sochua, MP

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