Loung Ung is public speaker, activist, and bestselling author of ‘First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, Lucky Child, and Lulu in the Sky. She is also a co-screenplay writer of a Netflix Original Movie, “First They Killed My Father”. Loung’s books are widely taught and selected for community read programs in high schools and universities across the U.S. and internationally. First They Killed My Father has been translated into 15 languages, including Khmer, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, French, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. Loung’s books are widely taught in high schools and universities. READ LOUNG UNG FULL BIO
Loung Ung was the keynote speaker at Rosie’s Place’s annual luncheon–the best in Boston 2018. Founded in 1970s, Rosie’s Place’s mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for poor and homeless women to maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.
In 2017, Angelina Jolie adapted Loung Ung’s memoir, “First They Killed My Father,” into a feature film. She and Jolie have been friends for years and bonded over humanitarian work. Ung talks about the impact that giving back can have on those who need help.
‘First They Killed My Father’ director, writer, producer Angelina Jolie, author Loung Ung, and producer Rithy Pahn join The Hollywood Reporter at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival to talk about their new non-fiction film adaptation of the historical novel by the same name, and the effects of war on refugees and children.
NBC NEWS: With ‘First They Killed My Father,’ Cambodian activist wanted to honor her parents. 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.
Claire Queenan was overcome by emotion in reflecting back on the talk she just heard from author, activist and screenplay writer Loung Ung in the Tully Family Auditorium-Gymnasium at The Ursuline School in New Rochelle March 14.
“I’m sick of the hate. I think it’s a good time to join together to have some peace,” the senior at The Ursuline School, told CNY.