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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (2017)

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Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.



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Credited cast:
Loung Ung
Phoeung Kompheak ...
Pa Ung
Sveng Socheata ...
Ma Ung
Mun Kimhak ...
Heng Dara ...
Khoun Sothea ...
Sarun Nika ...
Run Malyna ...
Oun Srey Neang ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horm Chhora
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Mony Ros ...
(as Ros Mony)
Tharoth Sam ...
Khmer Rouge Leader
Nout Sophal ...
(as Nuth Sophal)


Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

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15 September 2017 (USA)  »

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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Shot in 60 days on a $ 24 million budget. As of release, it's the biggest film ever shot completely in Cambodia. See more »


From 1975 to 1979, people had only skin cover their bone due to heavily overwork and starvation. Most of the scenes from movie show people still healthy with no lack of food or nutrient. See more »


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The movie adaption of the book with the same title. Loung Ung recalled her memory as the Khmer Rough took over the nation.
13 September 2017 | by (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) – See all my reviews

First of all, I think the way Jolie directed this movie is beautiful and real. Words couldn't describe how appreciated I am for her to put this bitter history of Cambodia on screen.

The only thing that kept bugging my mind is that I didn't feel the sympathy and frights as much as I supposed to do. There were so many times where I felt like the book could be way far better than the action movie (despite the fact that, I haven't even read the book). The movie ravels the story from the perspective of a kid so it is very understandable that there was very few dialog and there could be lots of time where you feel like---blank, nothing. There were times where the girl found herself in the middle of chaos, unable to process whats going on---and while watching such scenes, I could imagine myself intriguing to her thoughts in the book instead. What I mean is, the movie is without doubt, a masterpiece, but I don't think it is the best choice to tell this traumatic event through a kid perspective. Tho I think movie like this need to be produced, I can't deny that there are more cons than the pros for letting adults hear the story of a war from a kid.

However, That was the only problem with the movie and it clearly deserves a watch. Especially for those who have known basic history of this event, I think you're going to enjoy it very much. I would definitely watch it all over again any day. (Please excuse all the written mistakes as English is not my native language.)

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