New York Times correspondent Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston) is sent to Cambodia in 1972 to cover the war between the revolutionary Khmer Rouge and the government. He meets Dith Pran (Haing S. Nor in an Academy Award® winning performance): a local journalist who becomes his trusted assistant, interpreter, and friend. When the Khmer Rouge troops enter Phnom Penh in April 1975 and seize control of the country, Pran throws himself at their mercy to save the lives of Schanberg and several other foreign correspondents.
What follows for Pran, and for all Cambodians, is unspeakable horror. Whilst Schanberg spends four and a half years seeking news of his friend, nearly half the population of seven million are massacred by the Khmer Rouge or die of starvation and disease. The once rich Cambodian countryside now bears a new name: “The Killing Fields”.
Based on Pulitzer prize winning Schanberg’s 1980 article for the New York Times, “The Death and Life of Dith Pran”, this is the story of Pran’s heroism and the struggle for the two men to reunite.
After a prolific career helming hard-hitting political themed dramas, British film director Roland Joffé made a huge splash with his 1984 feature film debut, “The Killing Fields” – an unflinching drama about Cambodia’s savage Khmer Rouge massacres. Nominated for a stunning seven Academy Awards – including one for Joffé as Best Director – “The Killing Fields” ended up winning three (for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Supporting Actor). After a white-hot start, Joffé’s career cooled off significantly in the 1990s thanks to a string of box-office failures including “Super Mario Bros.” (1993) and his 1995 adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter,” starring Demi Moore. With the exception of the French biopic “Vatel” (2000), Joffé’s career remained mostly dormant during the new millennium; that is, until the release of “Captivity” (2007), a psychological horrorfest – complete with controversial ratings drama before its summer release.
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Film klasik buah karya sutradara Roland Joffé ini dirilis pada tahun 1984 dan merupakan adaptasi dari kisah nyata tiga orang jurnalis yang terjebak di tengah-tengah perang sipil yang dilancarkan pihak… read review