Set against the backdrop of the Khmer Rouge reign of terror, THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR chronicles this horrific period through the eyes of Dr. Ngor, a surgeon and gynecologist who would lose his wife and unborn child in a concentration camp as part of the regime’s “Year Zero” social experiment.
Ngor survives and eventually escapes to America, where he would channel that experience to deliver an emotional performance as an actor in The Killing Fields (1984), winning an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor in his first film. Using his newfound celebrity as a platform for activism, Ngor would become a worldwide ambassador for truth and justice in his homeland until his untimely death in 1996.
Through an inspired blend of original animation, rare archival material, and text from Ngor’s autobiography, veteran documentarian Arthur Dong (Hollywood Chinese, AAAFF ’08) shines a new light on the life and legacy of one of the most well-known and outspoken survivors of the Cambodian genocide.
The screening will immediately be followed by a special extended conversation with Oscar®-nominated and triple Sundance award-winning filmmaker, Arthur Dong, who will share clips and insights from his illustrious career that includes Coming Out Under Fire (1994), on the experiences of gay and lesbian service members during WWII, and Forbidden City, U.S.A. (1989), which explores the famous nightclub that was the center of San Francisco Chinatown nightlife in the 30s and 40s.
Masashi Niwano, CAAM Festival & Exhibition Director, will moderate the discussion.
FEATURING: Jack Ong, Sophia Ngor Demetri, Wayne Ngor
LENGTH: 87 min
COUNTRY: USA | Cambodia
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Audience Award—Best Documentary