Sunday, December 14, 2003

This weekend, completely by accident, I stumbled across a PBS documentary aired last year as part of the Frontline/World strand.

In it, reporter Amanda Pike travelled to Cambodia and scored quite a scoop by tracking down Nuon Chea, known as "Brother Number Two" in the Khmer Rouge heirarchy.

The whole programme, together with an extensive set of background resources, is available as part of a multi-award winning website. It's a first-class introduction to Cambodia's recent bloody history and I can't recommend it highly enough.

Pike's programme has a modesty and integrity lacking in a lot of news documentaries. She tells the story -- but doesn't intrude on it.

Interestingly, this article explains that the doc was shot using a Sony PD-150 -- the same camera we're using to make the documentary about my recovery. For those interested in the future of Newsgathering, the article has some interesting things to say about the use of lightweight and relatively cheap DV equipment to seek out stories that wouldn't otherwise get on air.


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