Bombs whirr through the air, gunshots explode in the darkness, clouds of dust billowing out of the woods...these are images that no child should have to see, let alone endure. When childhood is snatched away in wartimes, what does the future hold for an entire generation of children raised in poverty, pain, and anger?
Set in Cambodia during the genocide in 1975, First They Killed My Father, written by Loung Ung and Angelina Jolie and directed by Angelina Jolie, is the story of one young girl and her struggle to stay sane in a chaotic world. As told through the eyes of five-year-old “Loung” (Sareum Srey Moch), this story, based on the book by the same name by Loung Ung, is heart wrenching, beautiful, and terrifying. Her entire life changes in a single moment, and, at five years old, she is forced into a new way of living she could never have imagined.
Ung’s time and care to make this passion project into a masterpiece for the big screen has a huge payoff in this biographical, and historical drama. The cinematography is whimsical and shows Loung’s childlike wonder, and as she matures, so do the camera techniques, in this stunning and devastating film.
First They Killed My Father will be available on Netflix in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep an eye out! A full review will be on FF2’s website soon! So keep an eye out if you’re looking to read more!
Jolie has been on FF2's radar for some time now, since her debut as a writer/director! Check out In The Land of Blood & Honey review by Jan Lisa Huttner
© Lindsy M. Bissonnette (9/14/17) FF2 Media
Top Photo: Film poster
Bottom Photo: Promotional poster
Photo Credits: Pax Jolie-Pitt & Roland Neveu