Angelina Jolie, an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian, first began her activism and philanthropic work in Cambodia in 2001 when she was filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Saying that her “eyes started to open” to the country that had suffered the Khmer Rouge, she also expressed admiration to the strong wills and spirits of the people: “I found a people who were so kind and warm and open, and, yes, very complex. You drive around here you can see a lot of people with many things, but not often expressing happiness. You go there, and you see the families come out with their blanket and their picnic to watch a sunset.” That experience began her awareness of the humanitarian crisis, and her work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) took off from there; she has helped the homeless and refugees from over 30 countries and war zones, travelling and pushing for White House legislation for universal human rights and assistance to refugees. In 2002, she adopted her first child, Maddox. Maddox is now 15 years old, and is actively participating in his mother’s Golden Globe nominated Netflix passion and activism project, First They Killed my Father, by researching, helping with notes and the script, and attending meetings. This movie is based off the memoir of Loung Ung, a Cambodian human rights activist who had endured the terror of the Khmer Rouge’s genocides as a young child. Jolie hopes to shed light on the bleak era of history of a country she and her family loves so much, reminding people of the deaths of approximately a fourth of the Cambodian population and the poverty it left in its wake after the Khmer Rouge regime dissolved in 1999.
First They Killed My Father is on Netflix. It is filmed en situ in Cambodia, using a Cambodian cast, and in the Khmer language of Cambodia. I haven’t watched it yet, but I think that it is definitely worth watching and important to do so.
(sources: http://people.com/movies/angelina-jolie-cambodia-golden-globe/ , http://time.com/2865972/angelina-jolie-humanitarian/ )
I bought this book when I was in Cambodia. About half way through it and it is hard to put it down, however, it is not a light read, but a true story of execution, starvation and forced labor under the Khmer Rouge rule. #firsttheykilledmyfather#loungung#bookworm#cambodia
2 days ago
Incredibly powerful n heartbreaking. N to think stuff like this is still happening in Syria and Yemen and all over the world #firsttheykilledmyfather
2 days ago
"First They Killed My Father"
I was (and I still am) extremly touched by this incredible film based on the brave Loung Ung real life story.
Loung Ung was a seven years old girl who suffered (along with her family) the atrocicities committed by the "Khmer Rouge", in the worst era of the cambodian history.
The story develops under little Loung's eyes and the memories and feelings she experienced while living that horror.
Everything in the movie, the cast, the performances, the shots, the scenery, the environment, absolutely EVERYTHING is impeccable.
The film is tough and even that since the begginig I wanted it to end (because I wanted the horror to end), I also was, at the same time, fascinated with Loung Ung's character (excellently played by Sareum Srey Moch, who I became a total fan of), of her courage, intelligence and tenderness.
Extremly talented Angelina Jolie performance as a director deserves and "standing ovation“. I think she did an outstanding work and has managed to tell the story with intelligence and, overall, with great sensitivity.
This is an extraordinary movie. Watch it and prepare yourself to be touched to the bottom of your heart.