As much of the spotlight of the latest Netflix film First They Killed My Father is on American director Angelina Jolie, less is about the original storyteller and author Loung Ung this week in Siem Reap.
Born in 1970, Loung Ung is a Khmer Rouge survivor. She tells her lifetime story from 1975 until 1980 in her book, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. Yesterday, Angelina Jolie landed in Siem Reap to premiere her new film, First They Killed My Father, which is based on Loung Ung’s book. Angelina’s movie will be available on Netflix soon.
Loung Ung’s book was published in 2000 by HarperCollins. The book was adapted as a movie for American entertainment company Netflix by Angelina Jolie, the film director.
The combination of Loung Ung’s Khmer Rouge survival story, gifted film directors Angelina Jolie and Cambodian film director, the powerful story in the book is back to life in the movie.
Before watching the film, I’d recommend that you read the book by the Cambodian author first.