***1/2 out of ****
(for some language, war violence, torture, brutal conditions involving children)
Released: September 15, 2017
Runtime: 136 minutes
Director: Angelina Jolie
Starring: Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Mun Kimhak, Heng Dara, Khoun Sothea, Sarun Nika
Streaming exclusively on Netflix
My review of First They Killed My Father, for The Tulsa Voice. It’s the true story of a Cambodian girl’s survival during the takeover of the Khmer Rouge in 1975. Based on the memoir by Loung Ung.
This “unflinching portrayal of totalitarian oppression by the Khmer Rouge…is a bone-chilling reminder of how the past is repeating itself unabated” in North Korea today.
Director Angelina Jolie “gives us a comprehensive understanding of something perpetrated on a massive scale, but does so through an effectively intimate lens.”
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