Using information gathered from regular tribunal monitoring of the ECCC, AIJI also actively engages in community outreach activities aiming to contribute to dialogue about transitional justice throughout the country. The Center has worked on a variety of outreach activities in Cambodia, all of which share the following goals:
- Maximum reach through media partnerships to produce high-quality and easy-to-understand television series covering different aspects of the trial
- Grassroots information campaign through community dialogues and information sessions
Television series for Cambodian audiences
From the beginning of Case 001, AIJI has worked with Khmer Mekong Films (KMF) to produce weekly television programs covering topics of interest at the ECCC in a way that is easy to understand. Duch on Trial, covering Case 001 against Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch, was labelled a ‘sleeper hit‘ by Time magazine. In a UC Berkeley Human Rights Center population-based survey it was found that around a quarter of all respondents (23%) had seen Duch on Trial, with 82% of that number having watched it more than once.
In Case 002 AIJI again worked with KMF to produce Facing Justice which covered all Case 002 proceedings until February 2015.
In 2016, with generous financial support the Center worked on outreach related to sexual and gender-based violence that took place during the Democratic Kampuchea period. Time to Speak Out is a six-part Khmer language documentary that was screened in December and January on popular Cambodian television stations CTN and MyTV. The series explores instances of sexual and gender-based violence that took place during Democratic Kampuchea and seeks to explain how they are being treated at the ECCC, using courtroom testimony and expert interviews.
Community based outreach
From 2013 to 2015 the Cambodia Programs worked on a large-scale USAID-funded outreach project called Voices for Reconciliation, which worked with civil society groups to encourage dialogue around the ECCC.
Working with other NGO-partners, AIJI staff and consultants have also taken the television series produced as part of other projects into the Cambodian provinces to foster dialogue and debate. In early 2017 for example a screening of parts of Time to Speak Out was held in Kampong Chhnang Province with support from the Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO). A report on this screening is available here.
As part of the British Government’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, the Cambodia Programs again worked with KMF to produce a 50-minute English-language documentary called Breaking the Silence, exploring sexual and gender-based violence and forced marriage as they are alleged to have occurred during the Democratic Kampuchea regime and how they have been prosecuted at the ECCC. The film has been screened at a number of venues in Phnom Penh, including during a reception for UN Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) Ms Angelina Jolie. The film has also been screened at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i and at Stanford University. You can find more information about the film at this website, or view the trailer here.