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The Fall of Phnom Penh, April 17, 1975

A Khmer Rouge soldier waves his pistol and orders store owners to abandon their shops in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on April 17, 1975 as the capital fell to the communist forces. A large portion of the city's population was reportedly forced to evacuate. Photo from West German television film. (AP Photo/Christoph Froehder) 

17 April 2015
This April 17 marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh and the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975. The following are archival AP photos that documents one of the most horrific days in modern history. More

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40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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Filmmaker Looks Back on Career Before Khmer Rouge Takeover –Part 4i
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17 April 2015
During the time the Khmer Rouge was in power, from April 17, 1975, to Jan. 7, 1979, more than 1.7 million Cambodians perished. The Khmer Rouge especially targeted intellectuals and artists for execution, as they sought to create an agrarian ideal. In an exclusive interview with VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey, Tea Lim Koun discusses his filmmaking in the 1960s and 1970s and what it meant to leave it behind.

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