Robert Redford Praises Cambodian Filmmaker’s Brave Journey

  • MSNBC's Scarborough and Brzezinski read Redford's letter praising Knight honoree Thet Sambath's film as a "brave and profoundly important work" about an "unspeakably terrible time."

I am very sorry not to be able to be there tonight to join you in acknowledging the work of Thet Sambath. His role in his and Rob Lemkin’s documentary, Enemies of the People, was a very personal journey back through an unspeakably terrible time of great moral and human consequence. This film walked that road with a keen eye for the truth.

We hear testimony never before heard, we see shocking testimony never before seen. Having lost his parents and siblings in the Killing Fields of Cambodia, Thet draws the truth from both the haunted and those who should be, with the precision of a most seasoned investigator. A decade in the making, it is a brave and profoundly important work, recognized at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival with the World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Documentary, the first time it was shown in North America.

To have a highly respected organization such as the International Center for Journalists honor Thet for this work is powerful testament to its significance. Congratulations Thet and thank you to ICFJ for all you do.

Sincerely, Robert Redford.