Angelina Jolie Pitt has teamed up with Netflix to direct First They Killed My Father, an unflinching portrayal of war through the eyes of a child.
The talented actress will be directing an adaptation of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, a harrowing and poignant memoir from Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung, about surviving the deadly Khemer Rouge regime.
The touching story begins when Loung Ung was five years old as the Khmer Rouge assured power over Cambodia in 1975 and began a four year reign of terror and genocide in which nearly two million Cambodians died. At this time Ung was forced out of her family home, and was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans while her six siblings were sent to labor camps. She survived and wrote First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, which was first published in 2000. The film came about after Angelina read the book over a decade ago and was extremely moves by her story. This is when the actress decided to contact Loung and have since become close friends.
Jolie Pitt admits she was deeply affected by Loung’s book.”It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience was 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. 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 Pahn.” It has been reported that Angelina’s Cambodian-born son, Maddox, will be involved in the production of the film.
First They Killed My Father directed by Angelina Joli Pitt will be available on Netflix late 2016.