Phnom Penh (dpa) – US actress and director Angelina Jolie will travel
to Cambodia to film an adaptation of a memoir about the Khmer Rouge
era, reports said Friday.
First They Killed My Father is a memoir of Cambodian activist Luong
Ung’s experiences as a child under Khmer Rouge rule, which lasted
from 1975 until 1979.
During their time in power, the Khmer Rouge attempted to rebuild
Cambodia as a radical peasant utopia, persecuting members of the
elite and educated classes. Their rule resulted in the deaths of
nearly one-fifth of the population.
Luong Ung helped Jolie to adapt the screenplay, which she will also
direct for Netflix later this year, the company said.
“I was deeply affected by Luong’s book,” Jolie said in a press
release. “It deepened forever my understanding of how children
experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it.”
First They Killed my Father will be Jolie’s second film shot in
Cambodia, after 2001’s Lara Craft: Tomb Raider.
In 2002 Jolie adopted a Cambodian son, Maddox, and in 2005 was
awarded Cambodian citizenship by King Norodom Sihamoni.