A video of Angelina's, Maddox's and Shiloh's remarks.
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People's original story was a bit misleading. It was posted before the premiere had even started. It also misrepresents the photo of their audience with the king as a photo from the premiere itself. But it was subsequently edited with the addition of their remarks at the premiere by Mary Green who has interviewed them frequently in the past. Green obviously has access to them and was provided with exclusive photos taken by Pax. Did she travel all the way to Cambodia just for this report? Or did Angelina's people provide her with the text of their remarks.
Helen Regan, who shares writing credits with Green and Mike Miller, is also in Siem Reap and one of the photos is credited to her. Miller was one of the People writers responsible for the often biased and misleading articles that appeared the past few months.
In contrast to previous reports by Miller and other writers, this report is notably restrained. The only mention of Brad or the petition was that it was Angelina's "first public appearance since she filed for divorce from Brad Pitt." There is no reference to court filings or "custody battle."
It seems they have reestablished contact with Green and through her, restored their ties with People. It would be interesting to see if this foreshadows a People exclusive interview by Green sometime soon.
Angelina Jolie -- and Her Kids! -- Step Out for Cambodian Movie Premiere. See the photo: https://t.co/J2aiSWK1aD— People Magazine (@people) February 18, 2017
Angelina Jolie‘s long-awaited Cambodian film premiere was a family affair.
The actress was joined by her children — Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 — at the world premiere of her passion project, First They Killed My Father in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Her sons Maddox, who was born in Cambodia, and Pax were both involved in the film’s production.
Presented at the Terrace of the Elephant in the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex, the film was screened to both Hollywood and Cambodian royalty, as the country’s King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk were in attendance, along with a host of senior government officials. Jolie and her family posed for a photo with the royal family at the premiere.
The premiere of First They Killed My Father, was screened in the temple of the elephant terrace, a couple of kilometers from where Jolie shot her breakout 2001 film Tomb Raider. As the heat of the day wore off, local families picnicked along the banks of a nearby lake, while monkeys scavenged the area for scraps of food.
While speaking at the premiere, Jolie referenced her deep connection to Cambodia since it is where her first child, Maddox, is from.
“I cannot find words to express what it means to me that I was entrusted with telling part of the story of this country,” she said. “This film was not made to focus on the horrors of the past, but to celebrate the resilience, kindness and talent of the Cambodian people.
“Most of all, this film is my way of saying thank you to Cambodia,” she continued. “Without Cambodia I may never have become a mother. Part of my heart is and will always be in this country. And part of this country is always with me: Maddox.”
Maddox himself took center stage when he spoke to audience, saying:
“Thank you everyone for attending tonight. We finally made it. It’s a great honor to present this film to all of you, and to stand by my mother and my family. And now I’d like to introduce my little sister Shiloh, as she has something to say.”
Little Shiloh then stepped up to the microphone and told the crowd in Khmer: “My name is Shiloh and I love Cambodia.”
For those without invitations, the entrance to the premiere itself was blocked off by a handful of police and security guards. Several white minivans drove past taking attendees to the screening.
Cheany Nem, 30, from Kampong Cham province came to the premiere with her husband, mother, niece and nephew after hearing that locals could see the film for free. But they were not allowed in because they don’t have an invitation and access was tight due to the attendance of the royal family.
“Me, like a lot of young people, want to know what happened during the Khmer Rouge,” Nem said. “My mum is older so knows the story. I heard from her what happened but i wanted to know for myself.
“When I was young I learned about the Khmer Rouge from school. Learning about it made me feel hurt and that makes me want to come see the movie.”
Rady, who works in Siem Reap, agreed about the importance of seeing the movie.
“My kids don’t know anything about the history,” the 40-year-old said outside the premiere. “It’s very important for the kids — they don’t know about all the killings at the time — so by watching this movie they can learn about the history of Cambodia.”
“Of course its hard to talk about what happened, but a movie can say it,” Rady continued. “I hope for the future that our country will teach the youth the history of Cambodia so they know what happened.”
Nem said that Jolie was obviously a big draw for seeing the film but added:
“Its an important memory for every Khmer person. Its important for young people to learn about the Khmer Rouge. They want to know”
Earlier in the day, the Oscar winner made her first public appearance since she filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, when she attended a press event for the film.
At the press conference, Jolie said she thinks of Cambodia “like a second home,” adding, “Maddox is happy to be back in his country.”
Based on the autobiography of the same name by Cambodian human-rights activist Loung Ung, a friend of Jolie’s, First They Killed My Father tells the true story of the devastation inflicted on Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge communist party in the 1970s.
“I read Loung’s book many years ago,” Jolie said at the press conference. “It helped to open my eyes to what was going on the world.”
She added, “I wanted to tell the story to through the eyes of the child’s point of view, the love of a family, to show the beauty of the country and understand what Maddox’s parents may have gone through.”
More than two million people, out of a total population of seven million, were killed during the purge, including Ung’s father, mother and two sisters. “The heart of it is Loung’s story, it’s the story of a war through the eyes of a child, but it is also the story of a country,” Jolie said in a promotional clip for the film.
Jolie used only Cambodian actors, many of whom are the survivors or children of the survivors of the genocide. In addition, Jolie insisted only their native Khmer be spoken throughout the film. Jolie, Ung and the producers hoped the experience of making the film would be cathartic for those who participated.
Jolie’s second-oldest son, Pax, was also involved in the production. In 2015, Jolie told PEOPLE, “Pax is doing a lot of the stills,” adding, “The whole movie is from a child’s point of view.” (See the photos Pax shot above.)
First They Killed My Father will be released globally via Netflix later this year.
A heartening kiss from #Cambodia Queen Mother Monineath to #AngelinaJolie of her premiere screening #FTKMF pic.twitter.com/5tLtMcJq5a— Cambodia (@cambodiasmart) February 19, 2017
SIEM REAP, Cambodia – Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on Saturday, February 18 at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox.Cambodia's king and survivors of the communist regime were among hundreds of people invited to the debut screening of First They Killed My Father, directed by Jolie and based on the memoirs of Loung Ung.
Loung Ung was 5-years old when Khmer Rouge troops, led by Pol Pot, swept into Phnom Penh plunging her family into a harrowing ordeal that saw them sent to brutal labor camps before her eventual escape to the United States.
In its quest for an agrarian Marxist utopia, the regime killed up to two million Cambodians between 1975-79 through execution, starvation and overwork.
It is the second movie by Jolie to tackle the subject of genocide – in 2011 she made a film about the Bosnian conflict featuring mostly local actors.
But her latest silver screen offering is more personal.
Jolie adopted her first child Maddox from an orphanage in Cambodia's western Battambang province in 2002 and she has been given Cambodian citizenship.
The Hollywood star previously said it was Maddox who pushed her to make the film.
At a press conference in Siem Reap, Jolie described Cambodia as a "second home", adding that she chose Loung Ung's book because she wanted to tell the story of the Khmer Rouge era "through the eyes of a child".
It also brought her closer to her son, she said.
"I wanted to focus not just on the war but on the love of family and on the beauty of the country and in fact I wanted to understand what my son's birth parents may have gone through. And I wanted to know him better and I wanted to know this country better," she said.
Jolie's 6 children, 3 of whom are adopted, accompanied their mother for an audience with King Norodom Sihamoni before the premiere.
Local cast and language
In a tribute to those who survived the brutal regime, Jolie pushed to ensure the film would be both made by Cambodians and accessible to them.
Almost the entire film is in the Khmer language while the cast members and much of the crew were local hires, including the two child protagonists.
The film is also co-produced by Rithy Panh, Cambodia's most acclaimed filmmaker.
He lost almost all his immediate family during the Khmer Rouge years but went on to produce searing documentaries that helped break the silence surrounding the genocide.
Loung Ung, who Jolie described as a "family friend", said that while the film centred on her family's experience, her story would be familiar to all Cambodians.
"I view it as the story of all of us," she told reporters.
Despite the prosecution of a few top Khmer Rouge cadres, the genocide continues to be a controversial subject.
Strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen, who was a former regime cadre before he defected and has run the impoverished country for more than thirty years, is opposed to any new prosecutions of regime leaders.
But the Cambodian government has welcomed Jolie's film so far.
Veteran foreign correspondent Elizabeth Becker, one of a handful of western journalists to visit Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge era, described Jolie's film as "heartrending".
Jolie said she hoped her film would remind viewers of the need to help children escaping war and persecution today.
"There are little Loungs all around the world today in many different countries, many different war zones where we have no access to them and we don't know if they're going to be alright," she said.
The premiere will be followed by screenings across Cambodia, some seven months before the film is released to a global audience on Netflix.
Jolie's arrival in Cambodia marks a rare public appearance since her high-profile split last year from Brad Pitt. –
#AmbHeidt gets to know Loung Ung, author of "First They Killed My Father," at Angelina Jolie's movie premiere in #SiemReap, #Cambodia. pic.twitter.com/kM99D15dju— US Embassy Cambodia (@USEmbPhnomPenh) February 18, 2017
Scenes from a "Hollywood" premiere in #Cambodia #FirstTheyKilledMyFather @netflix original pic.twitter.com/1yKyJyc6C5— Jose B. Collazo (@josebcollazo) February 18, 2017
Saw premier of Jolie-directed film, First They Killed My Father, outside at Bayon Temple. King Sihanouk was present. Very special. #FTKMF— Donica Pottie (@DonicaPottie) February 18, 2017
Give 9.5 for #FirstTheyKilledMyFather— Eng Pheng (@Phengeng) February 18, 2017
មុនដំបូងខ្មែរក្រហមសម្លាប់ប៉ាខ្ញុំ 😭 — watching First They Killed My Father... https://t.co/G0mUoBFoUO
King Sihamoni's arrival to preside over premiere screening #AngelinaJolie's #FTKMF @ terrace of elephant Angkor Thom pic.twitter.com/mE4aXvuaUM— Noan Sereiboth (@noansereiboth) February 18, 2017
And thats it, #FTKMF made it's debut. Tomorrow more villagers will see it in SR, followed by PP and Battambang. pic.twitter.com/ds0cDOiDNO— Alessandro M Sassoon (@alemzs) February 18, 2017
Our King with Queen mother and some of government official and other guests be ready to watch the film #FTKMF https://t.co/zkAUxmVXzn— Dara Sum⭐️ (@Darachansum) February 18, 2017
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