Justice and Healing in Cambodia| 31mins
Director: Inger Agger & Sofie Roerdam | Producer: Dignity - Danish Institute Against Torture
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: Denmark
The film was made as part of a research project conducted by Inger Agger in Cambodia from 2010 to 2012. The project was supported by the Independent Research Council for Culture and Communication in Denmark. The project explored â€œLocal Approaches to Healing of Man-made Traumaâ€ â€“ and was especially concerned with the healing processes after the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979.
During her fieldwork in Cambodia Inger Agger got the opportunity in 2011 to produce a documentary film about her project, and she decided to focus on how survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime experienced the present justice process at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (ECCC), and what it meant for their own healing process.
Inger Agger approaches this question from three major psychological perspectives:
a) Survivorsâ€™ personal experience of the transitional justice process;
b) Self-healing processes initiated by survivors;
c) The role of the researcher and her Cambodian colleague in establishing an open and intimate dialogue concerning these issues.
It was also an important objective for Inger Agger to explore the role of Buddhism in the process of healing and reconciliation, and through this to inspire and strengthen respect for local approaches to healing of trauma. Inger Agger met with and interviewed Buddhist monks, nuns and witnesses of the Tribunal and asked them to explain how they have lived and dealt with the painful events they have experienced, and the significance of the present justice process for their healing.
Inger Agger explores how a local religious healing systems may make sense of and resolve the personal healing processes of survivors, and how a Western justice concept can be understood as a part of the natural law of Karmic justice, whereby the Tribunal process and Buddhism may reinforce each other.
In January â€“ February 2013 Inger Agger screened and discussed the film with various audiences in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Thailand using the film as a platform for debates about healing processes and the relationship between transitional justice and healing approaches.
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