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. Loung Ung BIO

Angelina Jolie Pitt to Direct ‘FTKMF’ Movie For Netflix.
Variety Magazine. 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.

GR3Girl 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.

screenshot-5Other Interests: When she is not writing, Loung is a food & beer taster and founding partner of a trio of restaurants and microbrewery in Cleveland, Ohio.