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MIPTV Picks 2012: Brother Number One

In 1978, New Zealand yacht enthusiast Kerry Hamill and two other men had anchored their yacht, the Foxy Lady, at Koh Tang Island to shelter from a storm. With Englishman John Dewhirst, Hamill was seized by the Khmer Rouge, tortured for two years, and then executed. This film traces the efforts of his younger brother to seek justice.
March 24, 2012

In 1978, New Zealand yacht enthusiast Kerry Hamill and two other men had anchored their yacht, the Foxy Lady, at Koh Tang Island to shelter from a storm. With Englishman John Dewhirst, Hamill was seized by the Khmer Rouge, tortured for two years, and then executed after signing “confessions” under duress (Canadian Stuart Glass was shot when the boat was taken). This film traces the efforts of younger brother and Olympic rowing champion Rob Hamill as he travels to Cambodia to seek justice for his brother and to better understand the conditions that led to the murderous reign of Pol Pot. His journey not only brings him face to face with the man who gave the final order for his brother’s execution, but also with his own conflicted feelings of anger and the need to forgive.

Partners: BNO Productions and Pan Pacific Films; distributed by Cargo Film & Releasing

Length: 1 x 99 minutes or 1 x 56 minutes

Airing: 2012 (TV3/Mediaworks, NZ)

Rights available: All rights in all media excluding New Zealand

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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