From 1975 to 1979 Security Prison 21 (S-21) held an estimated 20,000 Cambodians who were imprisoned, interrogated, tortured, and eventually killed by Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime. Academics, engineers, monks, doctors, and students were among many of the so-called dissidents forced to write autobiographies, confessions, and denounce fellow colleagues and family members–who were later imprisoned and tortured alongside them.
All prisoners were made aware of the 10 rules of S21, as listed at the main entrance:
1. You must answer accordingly to my question. Don’t turn them away.
2. Don’t try to hide the facts by making pretexts this and that, you are strictly prohibited to contest me.
3. Don’t be a fool for you are a chap who dare to thwart the revolution.
4. You must immediately answer my questions without wasting time to reflect.
5. Don’t tell me either about your immoralities or the essence of the revolution.
6. While getting lashes or electrification you must not cry at all.
7. Do nothing, sit still and wait for my orders. If there is no order, keep quiet. When I ask you to do something, you must do it right away without protesting.
8. Don’t make pretext about Kampuchea Krom in order to hide your secret or traitor.
9. If you don’t follow all the above rules, you shall get many lashes of electric wire.
10. If you disobey any point of my regulations you shall get either ten lashes or five shocks of electric discharge.
Fuck you, Pol Pot.
I had the opportunity last week to shoot the Taiwanese production of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning play How I Learned to Drive. A fantastic and dynamic cast.
Until January 6th 2013 at the Taipei National Theatre (Experimental Theatre).