Loung Ung, author of the memoir “First They Killed My Father,” speaks to the crowd at the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Awards on Sunday. Her book is about her experiences surviving the Cambodian Genocide as a child. (
Daily Press; April 3, 2018
Loung Ung stood in the College of Arts and Sciences Thursday and told her story of surviving the Cambodian genocide. By the end, she had moved students to tears. BU’s Asian Student Union hosted Ung to screen her new movie “First They Killed My Father” and hold a Q&A session after with event attendees. Ung authored the memoir of the same name, published in 2000, and later co-produced the film with Angelina Jolie.
They Killed My Father in Siem Reap, Cambodia Saturday, co-screenwriter, rights activist and author of the book that inspired the movie, Loung Ung, spoke to PEOPLE about what it was like working on set, the challenges of portraying the Cambodian genocide on film and eating tarantulas to lighten the mood among the cast and crew. Read on….
Loung Ung remembers the first time she met her friend and collaborator Angelina Jolie. It was completely by chance in 2001, Ung recalled. She was doing work in Cambodia with the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, making prosthetics for children who had lost limbs due to land mines. Read On….
SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND —
Propelled by the power of hearing their stories in their own language, some Cambodian American audience members fled in tears from a screening of First They Killed My Father, the Angelina Jolie film adaptation of an English-language memoir of a 5-year-old girl who witnessed the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975. Read more…