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You can’t claim heaven as your own if you are just going to sit under it.~Khmer Proverb

Loung Ung: Loung-Ung2One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung’s family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed. Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung’s story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality. Download Loung Ung BIO 2016 Updated

Angelina Jolie Pitt to Direct ‘FTKMF’ Movie With Netflix.
Variety July 2015. Angelina Jolie Pitt is the latest top-tier talent to go the digital route, as the multi-hyphenate is working with Netflix on “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,” a film she will direct for the studio.

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On Set of First They Killed My Father with Angelina Jolie Pitt. First details of the all-Cambodian cast of Angelina Jolie Pitt’s adaptation of Ung Loung’s Khmer Rouge memoir First They Killed My Father have been revealed along with behind the scenes photos taken by Jolie Pitt’s son Pax.

 

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Girl Rising: Loung has made over 30 trips back to Cambodia,  and in addition authoring three books, is a contributing writer for  Girl Rising, a film that spotlights the stories of nine brave girls who survived domestic slavery, sex trafficking, and other gender violence and their fight to be educated. Each girl’s story is written by a renown writer from her native country, and narrated by celebrated actresses including Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington.