First They Killed My Father is an unflinching portrayal of the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror and genocide, from the view of a five-year-old survivor cut off from her family in 1975. See Angelina Jolie’s editorial about the film below.
About First They Killed My Father and Angelina Jolie
First They Killed My Father is based on the 2000 memoir by Loung Ung, a Cambodian orphan who was forced to work in child labor camps and train to be a soldier when the Khmer Rouge took power in 1975. Angelina Jolie has co-written the film with Ung and her son Maddox, who was born in Cambodia, and will be involved in the film’s production as well. Jolie had this to say about the film:
“I was deeply affected by Loung’s book,” commented Jolie. “It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son’s homeland.” She added, “It is a dream come true to be able to adapt this book for the screen, and I’m honored to work alongside Loung and filmmaker Rithy Panh.”
Netflix continues to nab major talents who have unconventional films that may otherwise get lost in the shuffle of studio releases and politics. Angelina Jolie joins other stars like Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler who have committed to producing and releasing films via the streaming service powerhouse. While the movies may not be massive blockbuster films, I don’t think we are too far away from seeing Netflix tackle a project that size.
First They Killed My Father can be found on Netflix.