Siem Reap is buzzing…and there is a good reason why.

Having close ties to Cambodia because of her movie released in 2012 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which featured both Bayon and Ta Prohm Temple, this country is close to the world famous actresses Angelina Jolie’s heart.

Touched by the plight of these people during the devastation of the Pol Pot regime and even adopting a son Maddox in 2002 from an orphanage in Battambang – this is land steeped in history and a place that has had an impact on Ms. Jolie.

So it stands to reason that when another opportunity came for her to demonstrate what took place in this land that is still feeling the pain of war – she was keen to come back to help spotlight awareness and understanding.

Angelina Jolie directing her 3rd film and to be released on Netflix. First They Killed My Father  is a personal account of Loung Ung during the Khmer Rouge years and seen through they eyes of a child, who survived the Pol Pot regime.

From this comes an unforgettable narrative of war crimes, desperate actions and the unnerving strength of a small girl with her triumph of true spirit.

Becoming an accomplished author, Loung Ung got her book promoted in an unorthodox manner. It started off as a small publication and sold by land mine victim vendor, who they themselves are trying to make a living for their families.

Bringing light onto Loung Ung’s moving story, this leads to a collaborative effort on the project, where Ung and Jolie both wrote the script together to make this movie a reality.

This is the biggest film made about this tender subject of Cambodia’s moving history since The Killing Fields produced in 1984, which is told from the perspective of two journalists.

On the 18th of February 2017 was the first screening of First They Killed My Father – and was held in unique Cambodian style.

Shown at Angkor Wat Temple complex, which is one of the 7 Wonders of the World (close to Siem Reap). Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni, the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk and other high-ranking government officials attended this auspicious occasion.

First They Killed My Father highlights a real story of what happened in this land that was once known as Kampuchea and brings a hard hitting edge to the tragedy of war.

…and what Ms Jolie say about her new movie: ‘I’m deeply honored to have had the chance to work on the film. I hope it reminds everyone that there are little Loung’s all around the world today.’

 

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