Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” Selected as Cambodia’s Foreign Language Submission at Oscar
Written by Rothana Vong   
Thursday, 28 September 2017 04:31


It is official that “First They Killed My Father”, directed and co-written by Angelina Jolie has been submitted for the best foreign-language film Oscar at the 90th Academy Award.


The Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee announced this with the statement: "First They Killed My Father explores a tragic period of history through the eyes of a child. Dialogue is at a minimum and it works well with the story told through intense cinematic images. Committee members as well as the Khmer community found the film to be cathartic, as it brought back memories often best forgotten."

“First They Killed My Father” is an adaptation of a memoir by Loung Ung, writer and human rights activist about her experience and deadly survival under the atrocities of Khmer Rouge regime. This film was fully financed and produced by Netflix and received support from Cambodia Film Commission.


Jolie responded to the announcement in the statement, “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.” Added Ung, co-writer and executive producer of the film “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.”

"I am very happy and very proud," said Panh, Cambodian co-producer. "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 Cambodia people; it is universal. Cinema also is a way to talk about the resilience and dignity of human beings."

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