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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 & 25 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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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 »

Filming Locations:

Cambodia See more »

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Based on the deadly rule of the Khmer Rouge, a communist inspired movement led by the dictator Pol Pot, under which an estimated 25% of the Cambodian population died from malnutrition, forced labour and mass murder from 1975 until 1979. This historical event is today known as the Cambodian genocide. See more »

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From 1975 to 1979, people had only skin cover their bone due to heavily overwork and starvation. Most of the scenes from movie show people still healthy with no lack of food or nutrient. See more »

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

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written and Performed by Robin Foster, published by Upton Park Music Publishing
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An incredibly moving story seen through the eyes of a child
21 September 2017 | by DocJDSee all my reviews

A movie based on Long Ung's autobiography about her childhood memories as a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge regime. First they Killed my Father is an incredibly moving story. The camera angles are set low and at times the story seems slow, and throughout has little dialogue, but in the end this works well in telling this story from a child's perspective.

I did not expect that I would have been so emotional after watching this movie. And several times, I found myself revisiting both the troubling and precious moments portrayed in the film. Perhaps it's because my earliest memories of television are news film of war in Indochina, and the opening scenes briefly show Long Ung standing beside a black and white television, with similar vision playing while the Khmer Rouge are marching down the streets outside. I found myself trying to compare my childhood to hers. For me this alone is powerful. Don't expect any big history questions to be answered or seek to ask who's responsible, this isn't needed to see this story as it would have been seen through the eyes of a child.


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