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Netflix has finally released the trailer for their harrowing biopic, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. This intense retelling of the Cambodian troubles in the 1970's will be directed by Angelina Jolie, who in the last few years has opted to work behind the camera as a director rather than her usual acting gigs. So far she only has three motion pictures to her name (Salt, By The Sea and Unbroken) but that will change on September 15 when here new film, Fist They Killed My Father will be released on

First They Killed My Father is a historic biopic that follows the story of human rights activist and author Loung Ung as she recounts her traumatic time under the rule of the communist party, Khmer Rouge. In this film we'll see how she was ruthlessly forced to become a child soldier, like many around this time. The rule of the communist party ran from 1975 to 1979 and in that time Cambodia saw millions of deaths through disease, forced labour and starvation.

This film is based on Loung Ung's memoir of the same name, which was written in 2000. It will explore Loung Ung's story as she explains how she was separated from her family and forced to become a child soldier to survive. When promoting the film a few months ago, Angelina Jolie spoke about what Loung Ung's was about:

"This is the story of Loung Ung when she was a little girl. It's her experience during the war. And Loung is a dear friend of mine who I met over 15 years ago. Reading her book thought me a lot about this country (Cambodia). So in a way I'm doing this for her, for her family, for Cambodia."

First They Killed My Father looks set to be a harrowing retelling of a story that needs to be told, with beautiful shots by Angelina Jolie showcasing how much of a visionary director she is.

Let me know what you think of Angelina Jolie's decision to tackle this difficult topic in the comments!


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