Year Zero (Documentary)

Year Zero
Directed by David Munro
Produced by David Munro
Written by John Pilger
Starring John Pilger
Language English

Year Zero is a 1979 documentary, written and starred by John Pilger, and directed and produced by David Munro, and photographer Eric Piper whom entered Cambodia in the wake of the overthrow of the Pol Pot regime. They made photographs and reports that were world exclusives.

The first was published as a special issue of the Daily Mirror, which sold out. They also produced an ITV documentary, Year Zero: the Silent Death of Cambodia,[1] which brought to people's living rooms the suffering of the Khmer people. During the filming of Cambodia Year One, the team were warned that Pilger was on a Khmer Rouge 'death list.' In one incident, they narrowly escaped an ambush.

Following the showing of Year Zero, some $45 million was raised, unsolicited, in mostly small donations, including almost £4 million raised by schoolchildren in the UK. This funded the first substantial relief to Cambodia, including the shipment of life-saving drugs such as penicillin, and clothing to replace the black uniforms people had been forced to wear. According to Brian Walker, director of Oxfam, "a solidarity and compassion surged across our nation" from the broadcast of Year Zero.[2]

See also


  1. Year Zero: the Silent Death of Cambodia, video of programme on John Pilger's website.
  2. John Pilger Heroes, p. 410

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