A major part of the outreach program at AIJI since the beginning of its operations has been the production of easy-to-understand videos covering different topics related to the ECCC. To date AIJI has worked closely with Phnom Penh-based film producers Khmer Mekong Films (KMF) to produce four television series that were screened on Cambodian television.
Time for Justice was a series of three short episodes that aired in the lead-up to the first trial at the ECCC. The series aimed to explain to the Cambodian population what the purpose of the ECCC was and how it would affect them.
Duch on Trial covered proceedings in Case 001 against Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch. The program aired weekly throughout the trial and appeal process. A total of 28 episodes were aired on Cambodia’s leading television network CTN between March 2009 and February 2012. The show was labelled a ‘sleeper hit‘ by Time magazine, and a UC Berkeley Human Rights Center population-based survey found that around a quarter of all respondents (23%) had watched the program, with 82% of that number having watched it more than once.
Facing Justice comprised 58 episodes covering proceedings in Case 002 from November 2011 until February 2015. Facing Justice was funded over the years by USAID, the US Department of State and the German Embassy in Phnom Penh.
Time to Speak Out is the most recent of the television series produced by AIJI with KMF with financial support from the British Embassy in Phnom Penh. This six-part series focused on crimes of sexual violence including allegations of forced marriage being tried as part of Case 002/02. The hearings of these charges took place in August 2016 and Time to Speak Out aired in December 2016 and January 2017. The program uses both witness and Civil Party testimony and interviews with lawyers and experts to explore the complex and sensitive issues related to crimes of sexual violence.
All episodes of these television programs are freely available online using the above links. If you are interested in arranging a screening of any of these programs in Cambodia or abroad we encourage you to contact us.