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3 Years, 8 Months, 20 Days & Breaking the Silence

Two plays based on testimony from survivors and perpetrators of the Khmer Rouge Regime, directed by renowned Dutch director Annemarie Prins. After 30 years, the former Khmer Rouge leaders are finally being brought to justice and the need for dialogue is urgent. Cambodians observe the trial proceedings with combined skepticism and hope, and wait with great anticipation the opportunity to go on with their lives. The plays have proven to be very timely and important contributions towards the aims of reconciliation. Cambodia is thirsty for the power of imagination - the healing effect which only works of art can provide.

3 Years, 8 Months, 20 Days premiered in Phnom Penh in February 2006 and at the Singapore Arts Festival in June 2007. Breaking the Silence premiered in Phnom Penh in February 2009, toured to provinces across Cambodia, and at the Singapore Esplanade Studio Theater in September 2010.

Kenneth Kwok of ‘The Flying Inkpot’ says in his review that Breaking the Silence “is a bold, difficult work that needs to be seen by as many people as possible.” Tara Tan of the ‘Singapore Straits Times’ states “Breaking the Silence was an honest, intimate and moving portrait of a country taking its first steps to heal the gaping wounds left by the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime.  Hearing these stories told and performed in public excavated and reconciled these deep emotions, rather than bury them deep under years of shock, hate, anger and denial. Indeed a play such as Breaking the Silence does not merely mark an important moment in history. It is also significant in aiding the healing of a country’s wounds.”