Through Olympian New Zealander Rob Hamill’s story of his brother’s death at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, Brother Number One explores how the regime and its followers killed nearly 2 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979.
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A haunting look at how the families of victims are effected by the horrors inflicted on their loved ones and one man's pursuit to find the last remnants of his dead brother and understand what happened.
While nowhere near the caliber of the Rithy Panh films about the Khmer Rouge this moving documentary does put a rare Westernized perspective on that time period. The brother of a New Zealand man killed in the S21 prison is given the opportunity to give a victim statement during the trial of the butcher/prison camp commander Duch. Manipulative and superficial in terms of doc filmmaking but moving nonetheless.
gut informiert zu sein über den Genozid, aber musik war zu oft benutzt, in szenen die schon inhaltlich traurig waren, man bräuchte nicht traurige musik um den film interessant zu machen, und manchmal fand ich zu viel fokus an der einer opfer des haupt akteurs, obwohl dadurch könnte man sich eine brücke zu die viele anderen machen...
A look at the Khmer Rouge atrocities through the eyes of Rob Hamill, a New Zealander, whose brother Kerry was killed by the Khmer Rouge. Sympathetic but one-sided. For instance, at 47:40, the interviewer insists that the Khmer Rouge killed 3 million people while the former Cambodian naval officer who is interviewed by Hamill puts the figure at less than 1 million.
Moving. At the same moment, one watches this movie, atrocities happen in other parts of world. As they cannot be stopped, let's hope that the responsible people are at least prosecuted the way it happened in Cambodia.