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Angelina Jolie and her kids are in Cambodia for First They Killed My Father premiere

Angelina Jolie‘s long-awaited Cambodian film premiere was a family affair. The actor was joined by her children at the world premiere of her passion project, First They Killed My Father in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

hollywood Updated: Feb 18, 2017 21:24 IST
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Hollywood star Angelina Jolie greets media during a press conference at a hotel in Siem Reap on Saturday.(AFP)

Angelina Jolie said Saturday that she hopes her new film about Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge will help educate the world about the brutality of the 1970s regime and shed a light on the plight of young people in war zones today.

The actor was joined by her children - Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, eight - at the world premiere of her passion project, First They Killed My Father in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Her sons Maddox, who was born in Cambodia, and Pax were both involved in the film’s production.

The actor was joined by her children at the world premiere of her passion project, First They Killed My Father in Siem Reap, Cambodia. (AFP)

First They Killed My Father is based on author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s account of her survival as a child under the 1975-79 communist Khmer Rouge regime, believed to be responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million Cambodians from starvation, disease and execution.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of the film’s premiere, the actor-turned-director said she hopes the movie will “remind everybody that there are little Loung’s all around the world today” in various war zones and corners of the world.

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie speaks to media during a press conference at a hotel in Siem Reap. (AFP)

“Her story is their story and so this is, in many ways, universal, and we hope that that is something that you think about as well,” said Jolie, who directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Loung.

Jolie has had an affinity for Cambodia since she began goodwill work for the UN’s refugee agency in 2001, and her eldest son, Maddox, 15, was adopted from the country. She also has established a foundation to promote social development in rural Cambodia.

Angelina Jolie (L) and Cambodian-born American human rights activist and lecturer Loung Ung laugh as they arrive for a news conference. (REUTERS)

However, the Hollywood superstar stressed that Cambodia’s history is not just the war.

“I hope that the young people, when they see this film, that yes, they will learn part of their history, but I hope they also see — I hope all of you see — that this is a country of talent and art and love and beauty,” Jolie said.

Maddox worked on the production of the movie, which was shot on location in Cambodia in late 2015 and early 2016. Jolie said that Maddox is very proud of his Cambodian heritage and that she and her children see Cambodia as their “second home.”

Angelina Jolie, center, stands with her group members as they wait before meeting Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni, in Siem Reap. (AP)

“The children are very close to the children who are in the film and, in fact, many of them are best friends,” she said. “So, they’re simply happy to be back with their friends. Maddox is happy to be back in his country.”

The film, a Netflix original production, will be shown on the streaming service later this year.

Jolie’s previous directorial projects include the 2015 marriage drama By the Sea, in which she starred alongside then-husband Brad Pitt, and the 2014 survival story Unbroken.

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