This is great news!
The accomplished 40-year-old actress is directing, writing, and co-producing an adaptation of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, a memoir by Cambodian author Loung Ung.
Jolie Pitt spoke of how important the project was personally for her in a statement:
“I was deeply affected by Loung’s book. It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son’s homeland.”
Her 13-year-old son Maddox is said to be part of the production as well; Maddox, of course, was born in Cambodia.
The project, which will also be produced by filmmaker Rithy Panh, will be released in both Khmer and English, and detail author Ung’s story of surviving the horrific Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s in the southeast Asian nation.
Jolie Pitt is obviously excited for the challenge, too, saying:
“It is a dream come true to be able to adapt this book for the screen, and I’m honored to work alongside Loung and filmmaker Rithy Panh.”
The notable activist is no doubt going to make an impact in human rights via film when this one is released!
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