Kill the Chicken, Scare the Monkey


Kill the Chicken, Scare the Monkey
A film by Tim Corrigan and James Dewar

The Khmer Rouge left a broken Cambodia when it was toppled in 1979. Thirty years later the regime's successor is still in power and apparently stronger than ever. The Cambodian People's Party has outlived the Vietnamese occupation that installed it, endured years of being ostracised by the West, and even survived the first ever UN mission to bring Western-style democracy to a post-conflict nation, but has it managed to re-build Cambodia?

For Sam Rainsy, the answer's an emphatic 'no'. As leader of a loud, large and committed opposition, he claims the CPP's grip is founded on corruption and violence, its culture of impunity creating an untouchable ruling elite. It's perhaps no surprise then, that Rainsy has become viewed as a thorn in the side of the CPP. A complex character, he continues to campaign to unseat them despite having suffered violence as a result.

'Kill the Chicken to Scare the Monkey follows Sam Rainsy's life between two elections, gaining insight into modern-day Cambodia and providing a non-partisan glimpse into it's enduring power struggles.