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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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Cast

Credited cast:
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Phoeung Kompheak ...
Pa Ung
Sveng Socheata ...
Ma Ung
Mun Kimhak ...
Kim
Heng Dara ...
Meng
Khoun Sothea ...
Khouy
Sarun Nika ...
Geak
Run Malyna ...
Chaou
Oun Srey Neang ...
Keav
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horm Chhora
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Himself (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
Mony Ros ...
(as Ros Mony)
Tharoth Sam ...
Khmer Rouge Leader
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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$24,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Producer Rithy Panh is himself a survivor of the Cambodian genocide. His acclaimed documentaries Cambodia, entre guerre et paix (1991), Bophana, une tragédie cambodgienne (1996), La terre des âmes errantes (2000), S-21, la machine de mort Khmère rouge (2003), Duch, le maître des forges de l'enfer (2011) and L'image manquante (2013) are about the victims, the perpetrators and his own experiences. 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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The Moneybox
written and Performed by Robin Foster, published by Upton Park Music Publishing
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Definitely worth a watch.
16 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Very powerful imagery of a (civil) war from the perspective of a little girl. The movie does a good job of building tension and delivering near the end. I can only highly recommend this movie although maybe not to the faint of heart: the minefield scene is especially (and applicably) horrid.


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