In 1978, New Zealander Kerry Hamill and two friends aboard the yacht Foxy Lady took shelter from a storm, accidentally straying into in Cambodian waters.
One man was shot dead when the boat was boarded by the Khmer Rouge. Hamill was held for months at the notorious S-21 Prison, and then executed after being tortured into signing confessions claiming CIA affiliations.
The story of the genocidal reign of Pol Pot - 'Brother Number One' - is given a heart-wrenching personal twist in this documentary from Annie Goldson (Punitive Damage, MIFF 1999; Georgie Girl, MIFF 2002). Following Hamill's younger brother Rob as he tries to unravel the story surrounding the murders, Brother Number One traces a harrowing tale that culminates in a electrifying courtroom confrontation with Comrade Duch, the man who gave the order to kill Kerry Hamill.
Annie Goldson is a guest of the Festival.
D Annie Goldson P Annie Goldson, Rob Hamill, James Bellamy Dist Antidote / BNO Distribution L English, Khmer w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2011