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Angelina Jolie Is Directing Cambodia Film for Netflix

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Angelina Jolie’s next directorial effort will be affiliated with Netflix, Variety reports. The multi-hyphenate movie star is working with the streaming service to adapt 2000’s First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers — activist Loung Ung’s account of enduring the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot’s regime — into a feature film. “I was deeply affected by Loung’s book,” Jolie, who’s also planning on producing, said in a statement. “It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it.” Jolie added that it helped her grow closer to her son Maddox’s homeland; Maddox, who reportedly worked as a production assistant on his mom’s By the Sea, will also lend a hand in this project (though his role is unknown at the moment). The film will be available next year, in both Khmer and English.

Jolie Is Directing Cambodia Pic for Netflix