Angelina Jolie and Son Maddox Are Making a Netflix Film Together in Cambodia
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She will next be directing and producing an adaptation of the 2000 memoir First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, written by Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung.
Ung’s memoir recounts her experiences during the deadly Khmer Rouge years. Her website explains she was 9 years old during “one of the bloodiest genocide of the 20th century, [when] some two million Cambodians – out of a population of seven million – died at the hands of the infamous Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Among the victims were Loung’s parents, two sisters, and 20 other relatives.”
Jolie said in a statement, “I was deeply affected by Loung’s book. 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…It is a dream come true to be able to adapt this book for the screen, and I’m honored to work alongside Loung and filmmaker Rithy Panh.”
Her release also stated that 13-year-old son Maddox, who is Cambodian-born, will be involved with the production side of the film, but gave no further details on his specific role.
Vanity Fair’s 2014 feature cover story on the star previously revealed that Maddox worked as a production assistant on By the Sea (November 13, 2015), Jolie’s third directorial venture starring herself and hubby Brad Pitt.
Jolie also said of First They Killed My Father, “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.”
In addition to directing and producing the film, Jolie worked with Ung to adapt the book for the screen.
Ung revealed, “Angelina and I met in 2001 in Cambodia, and immediately, I trusted Angelina’s heart. 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.”
Pitt also happens to be working on a movie for Netflix, War Machine – an adaption of the late journalist Michael Hastings’ best-selling satire The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan.