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Jolie to unveil Khmer Rouge film in 'second home' Cambodia

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (C) speaks to media about her new film "First They Killed My Father on February 18, 2017 at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia
Cambodian government welcomes film which 'reflects the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime'

He lost almost all his immediate family during the Khmer Rouge years but went on to produce searing documentaries that helped break the silence surrounding the genocide.

Loung Ung, who Jolie described as a "family friend", said that while the film centered on her family's experience, her story would be familiar to all Cambodians.

"I view it as the story of all of us," she told reporters.

Despite the prosecution of a few top Khmer Rouge cadres, the genocide continues to be a controversial subject.

Strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen, who was a former regime cadre before he defected and has run the impoverished country for more than thirty years, is opposed to any new prosecutions of regime leaders.

But the Cambodian government has welcomed Jolie's film so far.

"The movie reflects the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime," Sin Chanchhaya, director of Cambodia's Cinema and Cultural Diffusion Department, told AFP.

"This is a big deal for us. There is a strong interest among the Cambodian people (for the film)," he added.

The premiere will be followed by screenings across Cambodia, some seven months before the film is released to a global audience on Netflix.

Jolie's arrival in Cambodia marks a rare public appearance since her high-profile split last year from Brad Pitt.

Together they had brought up Hollywood's most celebrated family with three of their six children adopted from overseas.


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