"We will burn the old grass and the new will grow" - Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge declare Year Zero

The idea behind Year Zero is that all culture and traditions within a society must be completely destroyed or discarded and a new revolutionary culture must replace it. All history of the nation or people before Year Zero were deemed largely irrelevant, as it will (as an ideal) be purged and replaced from the ground up. Teachers, artists, and intellectuals were especially singled out and executed during the purges accompanying Pol Pot's Year Zero.

Arts, music, theater, film, and other forms of cultural cultivation were banned under the Khmer Rouge.  Money, modern technology, medicine, education and newspapers were also outlawed. From this point on, nothing has gone before. 

Photo Credit: Documentation Center of Cambodia Archives