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

Angelina Jolie Pitt Directs ‘First They Killed My Father’ Movie For Netflix.
Angelina Jolie Pitt will direct and produce the Netflix project from a script she co-adapted with Ung. Cambodian director and producer Rithy Panh, helmer of the Oscar-nominated foreign-language film “The Missing Picture”.

First look of First They Killed My Father: On set with AJP

Loung Ung: One 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, Loung-Ung2Pol 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

GR3Girl Rising: Having made over 30 trips to Cambodia, Loung is honored to be asked to be 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 in 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, 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.