Netflix reveals trailer for Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father

The film has faced a backlash over the casting of its child Cambodian stars, although director Jolie has since challenged the "false and upsetting claims"


The first trailer for Angelina Jolie’s new Netflix film First They Killed My Father, a drama set during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, has been revealed.


The story follows Cambodian child Luong Ung, who was just five years old when the Khmer Rouge came to power, and follows her experience until 1978.

First They Killed My Father is based on the memoir from author and activist Luon Ung, and is produced by Jolie and Cambodian director Rithy Panh.

Watch the trailer below.

The film has recently come under criticism following an interview with Jolie, in which she described how she cast the young stars.

The interview claims that the filmmakers sought “children who had experienced hardship”, and put them through what some commentators described as “cruel” role playing exercises during the audition process.

However, Jolie has since challenged the account in the interview, saying, “I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario.

“The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened.”


First They Killed My Father will be released on Netflix on 15th September