In her fourth turn as a film director, Angelina Jolie will turn a Cambodian author’s war memoir into a feature-length film, Netflix has announced.
“First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” — which Jolie also will produce — is based on Loung Ung’s memoirs of being a child soldier in 1975 amid the Khmer Rouge terror.
The book “deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it,” Jolie said in a statement. “And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son’s homeland.”
Jolie’s Cambodian-born son Maddox will be involved, Netflix said, which will be entered at film festivals and released on Netflix in late 2016.
“Films like this are hard to watch but important to see,” she said. “They are also hard to get made. Netflix is making this possible, and I am looking forward to working with them and excited that the film will reach so many people.”