Red Wedding

Will justice be done?

Directed by Guillaume Suon and Lida Chan | Produced by Rithy Panh

Between 1975 and 1979, at least 250,000 Cambodian women were forced into marriages by the Khmer Rouge. Noces Rouges (Red Wedding) is the story of one of its victims, Pen Sochan, who pits her humanity against an ideology and a system designed to annihilate people like her

Sochan Pen is a 48-year-old farmer. At the age of 16, she was forced to marry a Khmer Rouge soldier. She tried to resist but the Khmer Rouge ordered her husband to rape her. Since then, she has lived with the shame, confiding in no one. Now Sochan has decided to bring her case to the international tribunal set up to try former Khmer Rouge leaders. Will her participation in the trial give her the hope that justice will be done? Will telling her story bring her peace of mind?

Red Wedding was awarded a £5,000 grant for the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and WorldView Award.


Red Wedding screened at four new film festivals in October 2013: DHFest (Mexico), Asiatica FilmMediale (Italy), Mumbai Film Festival (India) and DocLisboa (Portugal)


“The IDFA WorldView award comes just before the official release of the film, so it’s very encouraging for filmmakers who have worked on their film for a long period as we did. Thanks to this award we are confident and really excited to release the film and to show it to the audience”  Guillaume Suon and Lida Chan, directors


Winner Best Human Rights Film at FreedomFilmFest, Malaysia 2013
Golden Award (mid-length documentaries), Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival 2013
Winner Jury Award at Gdánsk DocFilm Festival (Poland) 2013
Special Jury Award, Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival, Burma (under the patronage of Aung San Suu Kyi)
NTR IDFA Awards, Best Mid-Length Documentary 2012