Brother Number One

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Brother Number One is a New Zealand documentary on the torture and murder of New Zealand yachtie Kerry Hamill by the Khmer Rouge in 1978. It follows the journey of Kerry’s younger brother, Rob Hamill, an Olympic and Trans-Atlantic champion rower, who travels to Cambodia to retrace the steps taken by his brother and John Dewhirst, speaking to eyewitnesses, perpetrators and survivors.

Meeting Rob in the flesh so to speak in the streets of Amsterdam after having seen his breathtaking voyage directed into a documentary by  Annie Goldson, was a humbling experience. It felt so strange shaking his hand and exchanging a few words and asking for an interview. His quest for the truth in finding out more about the mysterious death of his brother and his friends all the way through Cambodia, had taken him so long and had shattered part of their entire family life. Our personal interview never happened just then, as he and Annie talked to Mike, Julian and Sander in the English breakfast radio studio just after I left for another interview. You can listen to their conversation below.

Website: http://brothernumberone.co.nz/

About the author: Aleph Studied Film Direction, Camera, Photography and Languages in The Netherlands and Belgium. Became a multilingual journalist and writer with a pen and camera in 2001 and traveled. Wrote and writes for various international magazines and newspapers. Runs a studio for video production in Amsterdam with his partner. Loves the long and heavy click of an old analog SLR camera, the intensity of conducting face to face interviews and tonic on a terrace in Paris. Initiated CULTJA in 2011.

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