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First They Killed My Father (2017)

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Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

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Angelina Jolie

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Loung Ung (screenplay by), Angelina Jolie (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sareum Srey Moch ... Loung Ung
Phoeung Kompheak Phoeung Kompheak ... Pa Ung
Sveng Socheata Sveng Socheata ... Ma Ung
Mun Kimhak Mun Kimhak ... Kim
Heng Dara Heng Dara ... Meng
Khoun Sothea Khoun Sothea ... Khouy
Sarun Nika Sarun Nika ... Geak
Run Malyna Run Malyna ... Chaou
Oun Srey Neang Oun Srey Neang ... Keav
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horm Chhora Horm Chhora
Henry Kissinger ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Mony Ros Mony Ros ... (as Ros Mony)
Tharoth Sam Tharoth Sam ... Khmer Rouge Leader
Nout Sophal Nout Sophal ... (as Nuth Sophal)
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In the 70's, a Cambodian middle-class girl sees the lives of her family and her turning upside-down when the Khmer Rouge invades the Cambodia. They leave their comfortable apartment and lifestyle to live in a primitive working camp. Her father, a former officer, is killed and the family splits to survive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Cambodia | USA

Language:

Khmer | English | French

Release Date:

15 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers See more »

Filming Locations:

Cambodia See more »

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's premiere was at TIFF in Toronto in September 2017. See more »

Goofs

When Luong is watching three men carrying a body on a stretcher, the body has its chest uncovered but in the next scene is covered by a red-and-white piece of cloth. See more »

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[first lines]
Richard Nixon: [on broadcast TV] Cambodia, a small country of 7 million people, has been a neutral nation since the Geneva agreement of 1954. American policy since then has been to scrupulously respect the neutrality of the Cambodian people.
British Reporter: [standing with troops] The Vietnamese armies on the south side of the river appear to be indifferent to the contest.
Cambodian Politician: Under the pretext that there is a war necessity, they come into Cambodia.
Field Reporter: Are you glad to be in Cambodia?
Soldier: Negative. No.
Radio Reporter: The principle casualties...
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The Khmer Rouge Effect through the Eyes of a Girl
15 November 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 70's, a Cambodian middle-class girl sees the lives of her family and her turning upside-down when the Khmer Rouge invades the Cambodia. They leave their comfortable apartment and lifestyle to live in a primitive working camp. Her father, a former officer, is killed and the family splits to survive.

Angelina Jolie once again surprises with another great film about contemporary war and genocide directed by her. "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" shows the effect of the revolution promoted by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia through the eyes of an innocent seven year-old girl. Her family is separated and they fight to survive in a devastated country. The children have top-notch performances and Angelina Jolie succeeds in exploring the best from each one of them. The "happy ending" does not fit well to the storyline and maybe is the unique "but", probably imposed by producers. Even those that are not fans of Angelina Jolie with have to respect her work as director. My vote is seven.

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