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The Netflix Original Film FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER Celebrates Cambodian Premiere

On February 18th, the Cambodian premiere of the Netflix original film FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER took place at the Terrace of the Elephants at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia, ahead of the film’s worldwide release later this year on Netflix. This was a special event for the people of Cambodia, attended by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni and Her Majesty Queen Mother Norodom Monineath, in addition to Angelina Jolie, Loung Ung and Rithy Panh.

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First They Killed My Father Author Reveals What It Was Like Working with Angelina Jolie’s Kids on Set

Following the Cambodian premiere of Angelina Jolie’s new film First 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 more….

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Bestselling Cambodian author Loung Ung speaks with UNHCR

“When you name the things that scare you it gives you power over them” – Bestselling Cambodian author Loung Ung speaks with UNHCR.

Cambodian –born Author, Activist and Lecturer Loung Ung was only 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge ordered the evacuation of her home city of Phnom Penh on 17 April 1975. Four years of violent warfare and genocide ensued. Under the leadership of Pol Pot, two million Cambodians lost their lives, including Loung’s parents and two sisters. read more…

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Loung Ung interview on NPR All Things Considered about Khmer Rouge Tribunal verdicts

August 7, 2014 NPR All Things Considered: Khmer Rouge Convictions Offer Small Solace For Cambodian Victims. ( I went in the studio determined to be strong, and a minute into the interview, I found myself choking with emotions again. This time, it wasn’t anger; it was relief, gratitude, and missing my family. There will never be justice for the 2 million lives lost, but through education their stories will live on as our healing continues. The heart is the strongest muscle in the human body. Loung Ung)

 

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Market Garden Brewery’s Brews & Prose Reading Series a hit!

Good WED! It is official, our Brews & Prose series is a hit! Last night, at our second event, over 100 people came to hear poet Sarah Gridley and author Dan Chaon (author of ‘You Remind me of me’) read. Next month, our speakers will be poet Catherine Wing and Paula McClain, author of The Paris Wife. (I’m a proud mama because I’m a partner at MBG! and a book lover)

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Loung Ung Writes Home

Interview.com April 17, 2012
Fear follows us. It followed Loung Ung from the death-filled Khmer Rouge reign in Cambodia to a hopeful new life in America. In her memoir Lulu In The Sky (Harper Perennial), Loung evocatively shares her journey from bitter, angry young girl lost in the child soldier camps of the Khmer, to rebellious but dreamy American adolescent, longing for the careless freedom of her friends.Read Full Article

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Cleveland Plain Dealer: Loung Ung makes ‘Lulu in the Sky’ shimmer with renewal after the Cambodian killing fields

April 15, 2012
Cleveland Plain Dealer review of Lulu in the Sky

…The final book in her trilogy, “Lulu in the Sky,” is Ung’s account of forging a new life, painfully hammering past and present into one. Central to her story is Clevelander Mark Priemer, Ung’s college sweetheart at St. Michael’s in Vermont. A handsome, optimistic man, Priemer embodies the American belief that we hold our identity in our own hands. He sticks by her as she lurches through the decade after graduation, sometimes facing, more often denying, her trauma… Read Full Review