Here is the first trailer for the Toronto International Film Festival-bound Angelina Jolie-directed First They Killed My Father, a harrowing Netflix drama about young Cambodian girl Loung Ung as she and her family struggled to survive the brutal genocide of the Khmer Rouge regime that murdered one-quarter of the population after the United States withdrew from Vietnam.
Angelina Jolie is debunking an idea that was posted about how the casting directors who chose the actors for the film she directed played a game with the kids they auditioned. Auditions involved bringing each child before a table with cash on it, asking the child to think of some reason for needing the money and then to snatch it.
In 2002, Jolie adopted her oldest son Maddox, 15, from an orphanage in Battambang, cementing her commitment to the country.
"Every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present", Jolie said. The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. While recent headlines focused on an improvisational exercise used during the casting of local children - Jolie and Panh heatedly disputed the version of events depicted in Vanity Fair - the film is actually a tremendous accomplishment. The controversy is regarding the casting process for her upcoming movie.
"When she was forced to give it back, she became overwhelmed with emotion", Jolie added. All these different things came flooding back. "What made Srey Moch, who was chosen for the lead role of Loung Ung, so special was that she said that she would want the money not for herself, but for her grandfather".
"First They Killed My Father", which will arrive on Netflix this September, is a film based on a book by Loung Ung.
"The children were not tricked or entrapped, as some have suggested", Panh said.
"Many Cambodians cried when they watched the film". "It feels like a second home to me", she said. For Jolie, it seems like suffering is pathos, and I'm anxious that without any insight, it could make First They Killed My Father a grueling but empty experience.