A radio/podcast interview with Angelina and Loung Ung that was recorded on the 12th of September in LA. Listen below or at the original source!
The film First They Killed My Father begins in 1975 Cambodia, during the rise of the Khmer Rouge. The hard-line communist regime aimed to deport an entire nation into the countryside and form an agrarian utopia — but their experiment failed. People were forced to work, and they were also tortured, starved and executed. In the end, around a quarter of the country’s population — roughly 2 million people — died.
First They Killed My Father was directed by Angelina Jolie, and it’s based on a memoir by human rights activist Loung Ung. Ung was 5 years old and living with her family in Phnom Penh when the Khmer Rouge arrived and essentially emptied the city. At first, her family managed to stay together, but then her older siblings were sent to a camp for teenagers. Not long after, they also came for her father. Ung’s mother decided Ung and her siblings would be safer if they left and pretended to be orphans, so she sent them away. Continue reading
New interview with Angelina and Loung Ung by UK magazine The Times, read full interview here and I’m so happy that Angelina also loves the series The Walking Dead!
Loung Ung helped the star during her split from Brad Pitt. Now Jolie has made First They Killed My Father, a film about her friend’s own ordeal in Cambodia
Angelina Jolie first met Loung Ung after buying her book from a Cambodian street seller and tracking her down
The actress and film director Angelina Jolie and the Cambodian-born writer Loung Ung have been close friends for 17 years, but you won’t find them hugging it up on the red carpet like other glamorous female celebrities.
With their shared love of humanitarian work, the duo are more likely to be found in some of the world’s poorest countries or hanging out in T-shirts and sweatpants in Jolie’s kitchen, drinking tea.
By the Sea was the second movie that Angelina and Brad Pitt did together and the third movie Angelina directed. It was filmed in 2014 when Angelina and Brad was recently married and they both spent their honeymoon and filmed the movie in Malta.
The movie got mixed reviews but I enjoyed it and thought it was a really pretty and interesting movie. Angelina did good on writing the script and it was set during my favorite time in history, the 60s and 70s. So it was a real pleasure to see Angie styled in what was fashionable back then!
Read more about the film here, watch trailer here and view photos in the gallery!
A new radio/podcast interview with Angelina and Rithy Panh that was recorded on the 19th of September in LA. Listen to the podcast below or at the original source!
Angelina Jolie’s ‘First They Killed My Father‘ had therapists on set for its cast and crew
Angelina Jolie bought a copy of author Loung Ung’s memoir for two dollars on a Cambodian street corner 17 years ago.
Now, she’s teamed up with Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh to make a film based on Ung’s book, “First They Killed My Father,” which tells the story of the Cambodian Civil War and the brutal Khmer Rouge regime that followed.
Jolie says that filming in Cambodia with a local cast and crew was non-negotiable, but that meant being conscious of the subject matter’s emotional weight:
Many people had not yet discussed, and would be discussing for the first time and reliving. And having someone in a Khmer Rouge uniform yell at them again – what would that do? So we talked a lot. Rithy would talk a lot – go to the villages, talk to the village chiefs, walk everybody through. Everybody had a choice of whether they wanted to do this or not, and how they would do it and be prepared. We also had therapists on set and we also had spirit houses. It was very important to pray…
“First They Killed My Father,” which is both in theaters and available to stream on Netflix, was just named Cambodia’s foreign-language submission to the Academy Awards.
The Frame’s John Horn met with Jolie and Panh to discuss the making of the film, and the importance of it being a truly Cambodian production. Continue reading