“It’s the story of family and childhood and the loss of childhood and country and all of the people who lost so many of their family members during this war,” says director Angela Jolie who co-wrote ‘First They Killed My Father’ with Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung. The biographical historical thriller is based on Ung’s 2000 memoir First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers in which she recounts and tells the story of the horrors she suffered and the devastation inflicted on Cambodia in the 1970s after the Khmer Rouge communist party killed more than 2 million people, including Ung’s parents and two sisters.
Her eyes never forget. “The heart of it is Loung’s story,” Jolie says in the clip. “It’s the story of a war through the eyes of a child, but it is also the story of a country. Everybody said you can’t do a film this size in Cambodia they didn’t have the infrastructure. We filmed in Cambodia. Best experience I’ve ever had making a film.” To construct an accurate portrait of the genocide and war, Jolie used only Cambodian actors who speak their native language, Khmer. She gathered hundreds of survivors and their children to re-create their stories.
“This is a love letter to the Cambodian people. We all pulled together and things that seemed impossible everybody pushed it through. Everybody has stepped forward.” The Netflix film is produced by the Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Pahn. Starring Phoeung Kompheak and Sveng Socheata, Jolie’s son Maddox Jolie-Pitt would also be involved in the production. ‘First they killed my Father’ will premiere September 15, 2017 on Netflix.
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