Ms. Magazine. November 13, 2017 by Putsata Reang | In 1975, when war and genocide burst through Cambodia, Loung Ung was a 5-year-old girl scrambling—like seven million others—to stay enough steps ahead of starvation, exhaustion, disease. Read More….
The Australian, October 7, 2017
Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh’s tale of tragedy under the Khmer Rouge regime is an exercise in creative catharsis.
Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” is far and away her best work as a director: a rare film about a national tragedy told through the eyes and mind of a child, and as fine a war movie as has ever been made.
NPR: All Things Considered. The film First They Killed My Father begins in 1975 Cambodia, during the rise of the Khmer Rouge. The hard-line communist regime aimed to deport an entire nation into the countryside and form an agrarian utopia — but their experiment failed. People were forced to work, and they were also tortured, starved and executed. In the end, around a quarter of the country’s population — roughly 2 million people — died.