Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father film has scratched old wounds and made them raw again. The pains and the horror of the Pol Pot regime as depicted in the film were too painful to remember.
There are experiences in life that leave scars and trauma and even the years and decades that pass cannot erase them from one’s memory. They keep on coming back in dreams and recollections.
A young girl was having the best life in her country, Cambodia, enjoying every single day of her life in affluence and freedom. Having a father that held a high position in the military is an assurance of continued safety. However, in the life of Loung Ung, her father’s position was a threat to their safety and their lives.
Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father Is Loung Ung’s Story
When the Khmer Rouge armies took over of the leadership in the country headed by Pol Pot, everything in her life changed. Her family has to flee and disown their identity in order to protect their lives. They lived a nomadic life until they decided that they have to disperse to avoid being noticed. Living along away from her six siblings was the most painful blow in her young life.
Ung’s resilience and cleverness landed her in a work camp as a soldier but the rest of her family struggled in labor camps. Until the Vietnamese out powered the rebel Cambodians and she was reunited to her family again. The hardships and cruelty all made her family more courageous and determined to live remarkable lives.
The film was inspired by the lives of the Cambodians which Angelina Jolie saw and experienced. She used to visit the country early in her married life that even led her to adopt one Cambodian boy she named Maddox Jolie-Pitt.
One survivor said that it was like she came back to the time of Pol Pot’s leadership. The old wounds that refused to get healed with time were scratched again. The pain is still there.
However, Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father was not intended to bring back the pains but to bring healing. Being able to face the reality of one’s fears brings courage and healing. The closure will eventually happen. Then freedom will truly be experienced.
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