Angelina Jolie Would Like Son Maddox to Take Over Charity
Jolie, who adopted Maddox, 13, from an orphanage in western Cambodia in 2002, says he will take over the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which she set up there 12 years ago ”to help local families overcome problems associated with poverty in the region and to help preserve the remarkable habitat and wildlife for future generations,” in the future.
Jolie and Maddox are returning to his homeland as she helms First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.
The film is based on Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s tale of surviving the notorious Khmer Rouge regime, and Jolie tells the Associated Press that her goal is to help her teen son remember where he came from as he assists her on the project.
She says, “Maddox will be on set every day after school and involved behind the scenes… As Maddox and I prepare the film we will be side by side learning about his country. He is turning 14 next week and this is a very important time for him to understand who he is. He is my son but he is also a son of Cambodia. This is the time for our family to understand all that that means to him and to us. My desire to tell this story in the most truthful and accurate way possible will be my tribute to the strength and dignity of all Cambodian people.”
The film is based on activist Loung Ung’s memoir of Cambodia’s 1970s holocaust under the communist Khmer Rouge, which is blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people.
Jolie is seen here leaving the Myanmar Parliament building after meeting with the Speaker of the lower house, the Burmese House of Representatives, Mr Thura Shwe Mann during the first day of her visit to the region yesterday (July 28, 2015) in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Jolie is a Special Envoy of UN High Commissioner for Refugees since her 2012 appointment.