“First They Killed My Father” was released in 2017 and tells the story of the infamous and diabolic atrocities carried out in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge. This period of history is undoubtedly Cambodia’s darkest and the movie follows the story of a Cambodian family who, like many others, were taken out of the city and forced to work in labour camps growing rice. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl as she witnesses’ the terrible inflictions imposed on her, her family and the Cambodian people.
In the early morning of Monday 17th September, it was announced that Angelina Jolie’s first movie, “First They Killed My Father,” will be competing for the best foreign film award for Cambodia at the prestigious Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, United States in 2018.
This is the first time that the famous American director of the film, Angelina Jolie, will be Cambodia’s representative to win this Oscars and is also the 6th Oscar nomination for a Cambodian movie.
The last movie that Cambodia chose to enter at the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category was the Cambodian-French Film Production File In 2013, Rithy Panh, titled “The Missing Picture.” Rithy Panh who co-produced the movie with Jolie, said in a recent statement:
“I am very happy, and very proud, that First They Killed My Father was selected by the Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee to represent Cambodia. Because the film is original and powerful. Because thousands of us participated in the film’s making and so, too, in writing a chapter of Cambodia’s collective history. And because this history doesn’t belong only to the Cambodian people; it is universal. Cinema also is a way to talk about the resilience and dignity of human beings.”
First They Killed My Father Movie Premieres
The movie premiered in Telluride and then was shown in Toronto critics gave very positive reviews from both showings. The story is told through a girl called Ung’s eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power. The Cambodian premiere of the movie was back in February and has been on release at local theatres since September 8th.
The movie “First They Killed My Father”, produced and downloadable on Netflix online site. Directed and co-written by Angelina Jolie. The film portrays the life story of the author, Ung Loung.
In a statement released on September 18, Jolie said, “This means a great deal to all of us involved in making the film. To work with local artists to bring this story forward has been a moving and humbling experience.” Ung added, “We were together when we received the news and it was very emotional. This has been a long journey for me, and while it is personal, it is also reflective of the experience of millions of Cambodians. We are very proud to be representing Cambodia as this year’s selection and share this moment with the country.”
All Cambodian Movie
Angelina Jolie added also made the point that it was “significant” for both her and the Cambodian people who have been involved in the film production. She says that she has worked with Cambodian artists to bring the story to the world and that it was a great and virtuous experience.
Jolie has held dual U.S./Cambodian nationality since 2005. The project, which she is clearly passionate about, was made completely in Cambodia with an all-local cast. The Khmer Times recently said: “film has been hailed as a technical milestone for the local film industry, with the production employing thousands of Cambodian artisans, technicians and extras.”
Along with news about the inclusion of the movie “First They Killed My Father” to challenge for an Oscar, the spokesman for the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Thai Nor Kor Sethya, also warned about the illegal acts of copying the film. Mr Thai Noraktha said that the act was an illegal act and that the perpetrator may face a punitive sentence in accordance with the copyright and authorization laws.