Netflix releases trailer for Angelina Jolie's 'First They Killed My Father'

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 3, 2017

The trailer for Angelina Jolie's upcoming Netflix original film, First They Killed My Father was released on 2 August.

Adapted by Loung Ung's memoir, the story recounts the author's horrifying childhood experiences under the murderous Khmer Rouge regime in her native Cambodia.

The film sparked outrage after a Vanity Fair article claimed the casting directors devised a unusual game for auditioning child actors. This approach received a lot of criticism from people who don't want Netflix to release the movie - except that according to Jolie, it is actually a scene in the movie and not the audition process.

She continued: "This film was not made to focus on the horrors of the past, but to celebrate the resilience, kindness and talent of the Cambodian people". First They Killed My Father is the largest production the country has ever seen since the conflict.

The film, shot entirely in Cambodia, was recently mired in a controversy when Vanity Fair reported about a "strange method" that was used during the casting of the film. Speaking at the world premiere for the film, which will be released on Netflix later this year, Angelina said: "I can not find words to express what it means to me that I was entrusted with telling part of the story of this country". Once her hometown capital of Phnom Penh was overtaken, Ung's family was separated - the young girl was forced to become a child soldier while her siblings were sent to labour camps.

Jolie has a special connection to Cambodia - it's the country from where she adopted one of her children.

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