Pure

“HORROR AND INJUSTICE
PLAY STARRING ROLES”

Have movies
that range from fantasy
murder and horror to snuff
affected the ability to evaluate real crimes

A review of “Enemies of the People”
NYT June 11, 2010 page C14
“A High Point of Human Rights Watch film festival”

“An inspiring film”

If opaqueness
masquerades as transparency
it makes me want to forget
I’m supposed to be a bee

According to the reviewer of this film
•••••• “to hear
people recall committing
unspeakable acts while under
duress is liberating for them and
for us”

The movie’s ultimate coup
is the interview
of Brother No. 2
the chief ideologue of Pol Pot
who explains that the
Khmer Rouge was determined
to establish a form of commu-
nism that was even purer than
Chinese communism under Mao
Zedong

Movies
are classified
as arts and entertainment
how to classify the body count in millions of

Armenians
Jews
Poles
Ukranians
Russians
Chinese
Cambodians

Who are the stars
of this film?

the chief ideologue
the living killers “forced to kill”
the dead political victims

EPITAPH ON A TYRANT

Perfection, of a kind, was what he was after,
And the poetry he invented was easy to understand;
He knew human folly like the back of his hand,
And was greatly interested in armies and fleets;
When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter,
And when he cried the little children died in the streets.
W.H. Auden