He became famous through his academy award-winning performance as Dith Pran in the film The Killing Fields, but the key to Haing Ngor's screen success was the terrible truth of his own experiences in the rice paddies and labour camps of revolutionary Cambodia.
Here, in a gripping memoir of life under the communist Khmer Rouge regime, he reveals the country's descent into a hell beyond our imaginings: a world of war slaves and senseless brutality, where family life simply ceases to be. But with the pain he also gives us hope and an illuminating example of how the best sort of love can actually be strengthened through the shared experience of a life-threatening ordeal. An eyewitness account of the real killing fields by an extraordinary survivor, this book is both a reminder of the horrors of war and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
Bermuda dari kudeta terhadap Pangeran Norodom Sihanouk yang dilancarkan oleh pangeran Sisowath Sirik Matak dan Jenderal Lon Nol di bulan maret 1970, dengan cepat yang semula kamboja dijuluki "Pulau Damai" di tengah kancah perang Vietnam segera terseret ke dalam arus pergolakan di kawasan itu.lima tahun kemudian tepatnya tanggal 17 april 1975,Phnom Penh jatuh ke tangan gerilyawan komunis khmer merah.