And then they killed my father

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and then they killed my father

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

From a childhood survivor of the Camdodian genocide under the regime of Pol Pot, this is a riveting narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit.

One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pots Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ungs family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.

Harrowing yet hopeful, Loungs powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality.
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W hatever may be thought of Angelina Jolie and the controversial way she auditioned young people for this particular film — a Netflix production which airs later this month — she has created an accomplished piece of work which is possessed of a genuine artistry. The action is set in Cambodia , a country with which Jolie famously has a personal connection; her year-old adopted Cambodian son Maddox is credited as an executive producer. When the Khmer Rouge arrive in revolutionary triumph, her terrified parents played by Phoeung Kompheak and Sveng Socheata realise that they must efface any hint that they were once the hirelings of a government for which the newcomers have a fanatical loathing. The family are brusquely taken away and set to back-breaking physical work on an agricultural collective. The children are always hungry; there is a hair-raising scene when a horribly big spider is caught, cooked and eaten. With cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, Jolie contrives some eerily beautiful overhead shots showing their ideological fear farm from above: the people working there do indeed look like insects.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Whelimura says:

    First They Killed My Father is a Cambodian–American Khmer biographical historical After days of travel they are rounded up by Khmer Rouge soldiers and taken with other refugees to a labor camp, where they have to build their own .

  2. Francesca R. says:

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  3. Jeanne G. says:

    First They Killed My Father

  4. Kmakevmybe says:

    Set in , the film depicts 5-year-old Ung, who is forced to be trained as a child soldier while her siblings are sent to labor camps during the Khmer Rouge regime.

  5. Bernd K. says:

    First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers is a non- fiction book written by Loung Ung, a Cambodian author and childhood survivor.

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