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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (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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Credited cast:
Phoeung Kompheak ...
Pa Ung
Sveng Socheata ...
Ma Ung
Mun Kimhak ...
Heng Dara ...
Khoun Sothea ...
Sarun Nika ...
Run Malyna ...
Oun Srey Neang ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horm Chhora
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Mony Ros ...
(as Ros Mony)
Tharoth Sam ...
Khmer Rouge Leader
Nout Sophal ...
(as Nuth Sophal)


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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15 September 2017 (USA)  »

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

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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More than 500 Cambodian craftspeople and technicians were employed during the production. They comprised the largest portion of the crew. Additionally, more than 3500 Cambodian background actors and extras were recruited for specific scenes. Many Cambodian crew members, actors and extras were survivors or children of survivors of the genocide. See more »


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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An Extraordinary Movie, Angelina Beyond !!!
19 September 2017 | by (Natal, RN, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Angelina Jolie, brings us another movie, she seems to be getting into this role as a filmmaker. This film that shows the stark reality of the deployment of the Communist regime in Cambodia, through the eyes of the protagonist a girl still, based on the book she wrote of her memories, many years later, is this little treasure that our actress brings us to tell through movie light.

It is a visceral film, it shows the authoritarian action of a people that borders on the madness in political terms, an action made of philosophy and arms as it reminds us was of German Nazism. The "revolutionaries" try to disqualify everything that had been done so far in the country and put in place a strange world. What is most strange is the fact of speaking in justice, but a justice full of hatred that completely abandons love.

In this new world, only the new posture matters, philosophical arguments are used to exploit the work, and the worst, destroying the family cell is something that I imagine is destroying all the noble values ​​of humankind. It was a realization of the collective madness that was disseminated in the world as a new a world-wide solution, which, in fact, only exchanged hands with the holders of power and placed at the center of it the power to impose by force of arms the new power, which took the liberty of all.

A visceral film that hurts the soul, and at the same time makes us understand (to whoever really wants, of course) some of the political ways and doctrines that have come to hover over the history of the world and show themselves in the course of history as something that did not comply with the philosophical precepts he preached. I ask you to watch and make your reflections, a film of a haughtiness far above what you see in movies. This goes beyond simple reflection, because it is a film of few dialogues and a lot of description of real facts.

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