The bestselling book by Loung Ung, now a movie directed by Angelina Jolie, from a screenplay co-written by Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung. First They Killed My Father: a daughter of Cambodia remembers so the world may never forget. Now streaming on Netflix.

Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung respond to fan-submitted questions about First They Killed My Father.

First They Killed My Father: a daughter of Cambodia remembers so the world may never forget. Now streaming on Netflix.

Over the last six months, reporters and public officials have been comparing the global outbreak of coronavirus to fighting a war. The metaphor conveys a sense of urgency and emergency and, many believe, may help mobilize a national response to the public health crisis gripping America. In this conversation, Loung Ung reminds us of the power of resilience and the human spirit to endure during the darkest times.

The Coronavirus has many people feeling anxious and vulnerable. Many of us have suffered the losses of our employments, security, way of life, and, most importantly, our loved ones. As a survivor of the Khmer Rouge Genocide, and a co-owner of three restaurant-microbreweries that were all forced to close in mid-March, Loung Ung understands these losses. And yet, she believes we are infinitely resilient. It is this resilience that will help us not only to survive this pandemic, but to thrive in life.

Written by Loung Ung and voiced by Alicia Keys, Sokha’s chapter is one of nine remarkable stories from the Girl Rising film. Sokha was a Cambodian child of the dump; orphaned and forced to pick through garbage to survive. But, through a series of miracles, Sokha finds her way to school and, like a phoenix, rises to become a star student on the brink of a brilliant and once unimaginable future.

A child survivor of one of the bloodiest genocides of the 20th century, Loung Ung is a passionate activist for human rights. Loung has made over 30 trips back to Cambodia and she is the national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World. Her inspiring books, (First They Killed My Father, Lucky Child, and Lulu in the Sky), have allowed her to speak on the larger issues of war and peace, and how we can all become agents of change in our world.

COVID-19 has blown into our lives quickly and upset every aspect of normalcy. At Omega, we’ve been wondering, “Who can guide us in emerging from such deep trauma?” The first person who came to mind is Loung Ung, survivor of the Cambodian genocide, and author of First They Killed My Father. Join Loung Ung and Omega cofounder Elizabeth Lesser for a conversation about what it takes to choose resilience, even as we allow ourselves to have our moments of freaking out and grieving for who and what is being lost.

Women in the World founder Tina Brown speaks to director Angelina Jolie and writer Loung Ung about their film, First They Killed My Father.

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, award-winning Documentary Group, Vulcan Productions and Intel Corporation comes Girl Rising – an innovative feature film about the power of education to change a girl — and the world.

“It was my privilege to be one of the writers on Girl Rising, and to help Soka shared her story on ‘Girl Rising’. ~Loung Ung

First They Killed My Father–an answer on JEOPARDY 3-20/2018.

As a big and long-time fan of the show, Loung Ung’s life has taken many twits and turns. And now this; from Cambodia to JEOPARDY. Life is good.