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Cambodian avant-premiere for Angelina Jolie’s film about the Khmer rouge

At the famous temples of Angkor in Cambodia is Saturday, “First They Killed My Father” of American movie star Angelina Jolie in avant-première gone, a painting about the crimes of the Khmer rouge. It is the first Hollywood production ever to be entirely in the region, with local actors and crew.

Angelina Jolie and Cambodian king Norodom Sihamoni © AFP

The film is based on the eponymous memoir of Loung Ung, in which they the story about her life as a child during the reign of terror of the Khmer rouge. The Pol Pot regime between 1975 to 1979 responsible for the murder of an estimated two million people, about a quarter of the population.

“I have the book of Loung years ago, read it, and it was one of the first books that my eyes have opened for business in the world where I have nothing about knew as well,” explains Jolie in advance at a press conference. The movie star realises to say that her film is not the first about this bloody era. But the story of Loung has a special force because it is told from the perspective of a child, according to Jolie.

Jolie has a special relationship with Cambodia. They came there for the first time in 2000 for the filming of “Tomb Raider” and two years later adopted her son Maddox from a Cambodian orphanage. “I wanted to understand what the parents of my son have gone through. And I wanted him and his country to know,” said the ex of Brad Pitt and Billy Bob Thornton.

Under king Norodom Sihamoni and the survivors of the regime, attended the performance.

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