in about 100 words or less
UK 141m, Colour
Director: Roland Joffé; Cast: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, Craig T. Nelson, John Malkovich, Athol Fugard
The Killing Fields is the retelling of the terrifying experiences of Cambodian journalist Dith Pran who worked as an interpreter for Sydney Schanberg of The New York Times during the period when the Vietnam War crossed over the border into Cambodia. Trapped inside his own country during the civil war, Pran desperately struggles to stay alive as a prisoner in a Khmer Rouge work camp until he finds an opportunity to escape. Having safely evacuated Pran’s family to the US, Schanberg holds out hope that he will be able to reunite them (Klaus Ming October 2016).