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First They Killed My Father (2017)

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Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

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Angelina Jolie

Writers:

Loung Ung (screenplay by), Angelina Jolie (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Sareum Srey Moch ... Loung Ung
Phoeung Kompheak Phoeung Kompheak ... Pa Ung
Sveng Socheata Sveng Socheata ... Ma Ung
Mun Kimhak Mun Kimhak ... Kim
Heng Dara Heng Dara ... Meng
Khoun Sothea Khoun Sothea ... Khouy
Sarun Nika Sarun Nika ... Geak
Run Malyna Run Malyna ... Chaou
Oun Srey Neang Oun Srey Neang ... Keav
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horm Chhora Horm Chhora
Henry Kissinger ... Self (archive footage)
Richard Nixon ... Self (archive footage)
Mony Ros Mony Ros ... (as Ros Mony)
Tharoth Sam Tharoth Sam ... Khmer Rouge Leader
Nout Sophal Nout Sophal ... (as Nuth Sophal)
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In the 70's, a Cambodian middle-class girl sees the lives of her family and her turning upside-down when the Khmer Rouge invades the Cambodia. They leave their comfortable apartment and lifestyle to live in a primitive working camp. Her father, a former officer, is killed and the family splits to survive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

The scene where Khmer rouge soldier got captured and surrounded by the people is indeed the real Khmer rouge soldier at the time. See more »

Goofs

When Luong is watching three men carrying a body on a stretcher, the body has its chest uncovered but in the next scene is covered by a red-and-white piece of cloth. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard Nixon: [on broadcast TV] Cambodia, a small country of 7 million people, has been a neutral nation since the Geneva agreement of 1954. American policy since then has been to scrupulously respect the neutrality of the Cambodian people.
British Reporter: [standing with troops] The Vietnamese armies on the south side of the river appear to be indifferent to the contest.
Cambodian Politician: Under the pretext that there is a war necessity, they come into Cambodia.
Field Reporter: Are you glad to be in Cambodia?
Soldier: Negative. No.
Radio Reporter: The principle casualties ...
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Connections

Featured in 75th Golden Globe Awards (2018) See more »

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Alfred Santos
written and Performed by Robin Foster, published by Upton Park Music Publishing
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I prefer the book
20 September 2017 | by citizen428See all my reviews

A couple of years back I read the book during a month stay in Cambodia. While this was a decent adaption, I prefer the original form, since it does a way better job of explaining some of the background/details that is missing from the movie. I'm aware that this was probably done for stylistic reasons, since the main protagonist is also too young too fully understand and appreciate what's going on around her, but I still felt way stronger about the book then I did about the movie. There's also a strange obsession with aerial shots, which gets a bit tiring towards the end.


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Country:

Cambodia | USA

Language:

Khmer | English | French

Release Date:

15 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers See more »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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