Friday, November 27, 2015


Cambodia has another reigning Queen of sorts in the form of actress Angelina Jolie-Pitt. Most Cambodians speak very highly of her and her passion for their country. Jolie purchased 150,000 acres of Cambodian land that was infiltrated by poachers and turned it into a wildlife reserve. Some of the former poachers were employed as rangers.
It all started in 2003 when she intended to reconnect her adopted son Maddox to his Cambodian heritage by purchasing a traditional home on 100 acres in the province of Northwestern Battambang. The home was adjacent to a national park infiltrated with poachers who threatened the dwindling populations of Asian black bears, Asian elephants, and Indochinese tigers. So she purchased the surrounding land and turned the area into a wildlife reserve named for her son, the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Project.  Angelina was in Cambodia during my visit beginning production on her new film based on the infamous novel “First They Killed My Father” written by Cambodian author Loung Ung.

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