Angelina Jolie’s labour of Love and Netflix original film, First They Killed My Father, has a dialogue free,
yet powerfully emotive first trailer.
Directed, Produced and co-adapted for the big screen by Jolie and Cambodian author and human rights activist, Loung Ung from Ung’s memoir of the same name. The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years.
The trailer starts through the eyes of the young Ung, with joyous children dancing and enjoying some quality family time at their home before the tone shifts abruptly as US Marines enter the country with a lone helicopter flying over the house as TV coverage emerges of their arrival. It quickly shoots to scenes of Women and Child slavery as the Cambodian way of life under the Khmer Rouge regime, turns everything they once knew into heart-wrenching turmoil.
Acclaimed Cambodian director and producer Rithy Panh, director of the Oscar-nominated The Missing Picture also serves as a producer, while Loung Ung, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Adam Somner (Bridge of Spies), Michael Vieira (By the Sea) and Charles Schissel (The Prestige) are executive producers, and Academy Award winner Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire) serves as director of photography.
First They Killed My Father will launch on Friday, September 15 in theatres and globally on Netflix.
First They Killed My Father Official Synopsis
First They Killed My Father is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old.