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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.

Director:

Angelina Jolie

Writers:

Loung Ung (screenplay by), Angelina Jolie (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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4,053 ( 608)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Nixon ... Himself (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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Storyline

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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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

Cambodia | USA

Language:

Khmer | English

Release Date:

15 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First They Killed My Father See more »

Filming Locations:

Cambodia See more »

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)
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Netflix,Bophana Production See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's premiere was at TIFF in Toronto in September 2017. 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 The 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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Definitely worth a watch
17 September 2017 | by timdinchhammondsSee all my reviews

What happens when all the norms of civilization implode. Filmed from the perspective of that of a child, superbly played by, first time actress Sareum Srey Moch who puts in a stunning performance. Perhaps we as adults forget the skills we had as children, like "Let's pretend" and those that relearn them are endowed with great wealth and honour. Angelina Jolie must be congratulated on her lightness of touch, definitely no Hollywood here. The cinematography is well shot, mostly at the height of a child which helps reinforce the helplessness of the protagonists in the dystopian, year zero world that is Cambodia in 1975. There have been many other films that give a more rounded interpretation of this period but none to my recollection, from the perspective of a child, and this is something that all of us can relate to given the special talents of Sareum Srey Moch, who magically takes us back to how a seven year old sees the world, for better or for worse.


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