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
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