The movie is based on Ung's memoir "First They Killed My Father" and will premiere on Netflix in late 2016
Angelina Jolie has directed a handful of movies in her career so far. The 40-year old actress is now taking up another project, which will describe the life story of Cambodian human rights activist and author Loung Ung.
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The movie is based on Ung’s memoir “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers”, published in 2000. The book documents the personal sufferings of the writer during Khmer Rouge regime which is marked by bloodshed and atrocity. Over 2 million Cambodians lost their lives during the regime, which spanned over four years (1975-79).
“It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war 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,” Angelina Jolie said in a statement.
It will be Angelina’s fourth movie as a director, following 2011”In the Land of Blood and Honey”, 2014 “Unbroken” and most recent “By the Sea” which will be released later this year. The film will be streamed on Netflix in 2016 and will also be screened at major film festivals.
Angelina is the latest A-list artist to collaborate with streaming giant after Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper, and more importantly husband Brad Pitt, whose military comedy “War Machine” will also premiere on Netflix.
“We are proud to be working with Angelina Jolie in bringing this emotionally powerful and ultimately uplifting story exclusively to Netflix members around the world,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said. “Loung Ung’s incredible journey is a testament to the human spirit and its ability to transcend even the toughest circumstances.”
Angelina and Ung personally know each other and had first met way back in 2001. She is also providing assistance in writing the screenplay of the movie.
“Through the years, we have become close friends, and my admiration for Angelina as a woman, a mother, a filmmaker and a humanitarian has only grown. It is with great honor that I entrust my family’s story to Angelina to adapt into a film.”
Angelina Jolie, who has already helmed a movie set in the backdrop of war, said. “Films like this are hard to watch but important to see. They are also hard to get made. Netflix is making this possible, and I am looking forward to working with them and excited that the film will reach so many people.”
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