Angelina Jolie Starts Scout for Locations

Hollywood icon Angelina Jolie says she is “humbled and honoured” to bring First They Killed My Father to the screen.

The film is based on the poignant memoirs of Loung Un from age five to eight, living under the Khmer Rouge regime. It will be shot from the child’s perspective as a child’s view of war, understanding and point of view.

Loung’s young age at this time means Jolie amd the team behind the film will work closely with the Bophana Center, historians and those who survived the war to ensure events in the film are correctly depicted. The actress will spend the next few months scouting Cambodia for set locations, as well as researching events.

“We will be researching every event to make sure it is historically accurate, and will pay respect not only to Loung Un and her family but to every single individual who suffered under the Khmer Rouge,” Jolie says.

“The book is a guide to one young girl’s story, and we will complete the story drawing on the experiences of others and adding them to the film. Through her story, we will be telling many stories, so that the film is not just based on the memory of one child but on the collective memory of the people of Cambodia.”

Shooting is expected to start in the country in November and run until the end of January. It will feature a Cambodian cast and crew, and be filmed in Khmer. “It will be made for and with Cambodians,” Jolie, whose adopted Cambodian son Maddox is helping with direction, states.

“The intent of this project is not to revisit the horrors of the war but to bring to the screen characters that people around the world will identify with and empathize with and help to teach people about this country that I love and respect, and the Cambodian culture and family life I so admire,” Jolie, whose lov Cambodia started when she filmed Tombraider at Ta Prohm temple in Siem Reap in 2001, adds.

Oscar-nominated Cambodian film director, Rithy Pahn will also be working on the film.