Vanity Fair stands by Angelina Jolie story, publishes interview transcript

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 5, 2017

The cover story centres on Jolie promoting her upcoming Netflix film, First They Killed My Father, about the Cambodian genocide, which is based on a true-life account of a survivor of the Khmer Rouge's regime as told through the eyes of a child. Angelina Jolie has since dismissed the article as "false" and claimed that the process was all improvisation and the children were aware that they were auditioning for a movie. A lot of controversy was generated by Vanity Fair's interview with Angelina Jolie.

The filmmaker's team then reportedly asked Vanity Fair to remove the original paragraph from the online version of the story, and to run an apology in print and online that read, in part: "the children were not tricked or entrapped, as some have suggested".

In response, Vanity Fair reviewed both the transcript and audiotape of contributing editor Evgenia Peretz.

After the process was widely criticised, Jolie, via The Huffington Post, accused Vanity Fair of taking the casting process out of context and demanded a retraction. According to their transcript, producers visited a "slum school" or a "school for kids in very poor areas" to find their Loung, which already directly contradicts producer Rithy Panh's statement that "the children were from different backgrounds - some were underprivileged; others were not".

And I think, I mean they didn't know. We just went in and-you just go in and do some auditions with the kids. We had this game where it would be- and I wasn't there and they didn't know what they were really doing. And the game for that character was "We're going to put some money on the table. Think of something that you need that money for". Sometimes it was money, sometimes it was a cookie. [Laughter] 'And then take it.' And then we would catch them. "We're going to catch you, and we'd like you to try to lie that you didn't have it".

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