Directed by Angelina Jolie, First They Killed My Father is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old. The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years.
Jolie ran into some controversy last week over a Vanity Fair article (the details of which she has rebuked) describing a cruel casting process where the casting associates placed money on a table and allowed the children auditioning for the Cambodian film to take it. However, after taking the money, the director then “caught” the kids, and forced them to explain why they needed the cash. Jolie denies this version of events and says it was misconstrued, and was “a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film.”
The Netflix original film First They Killed My Father will launch on Friday, September 15th in theaters and globally on Netflix after hitting the Toronto International Film Festival the week prior.
Here is the trailer and the poster.