Angelina Jolie meets #Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen to discuss her new Khmer Rouge film
Phnom Penh,Cambodia ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – As she prepares to direct a new film based on Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge, Angelina Jolie has travelled to the Asian country to meet with its Prime Minister, Hun Sen. The actress and the politician met at the Peace Palace, in the capital city of Phnom Penh, on Thursday.
Angelina has made numerous visits to the country in the lead up to filming, but this time she was granted a special meeting with the prime minister.
The Hollywood star, who is also a dedicated humanitarian, oozed confidence in a white cotton blouse, black trousers and a pair of nude heels.
Angelina and Mr Hun Sen were pictured shaking hands and discussing the mum-of-six’s new project. She will adapt the harrowing memoir, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by survivor Loung Ung, into a factual film and will start directing it in November.
The film will focus on the vicious Khmer Rouge regime, which was responsible for an estimated two million deaths, and will be seen through the eyes of a war-scarred child.
In June Angelina announced her decision to direct the film, after having read the memoir and met with the author. Together the pair adapted the book into a screenplay.
“I was deeply affected by Loung’s book,” said Angelina. “It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son’s homeland.”
The 40-year-old actress, who adopted her eldest son Maddox from Cambodia when he was just a baby, added: “It is a dream come true to be able to adapt this book for the screen, and I’m honoured to work alongside Loung and filmmaker Rithy Panh.”
The Netflix Original Film will be available on the streaming service in late 2016.
Angelina has already said that her 14-year-old son Maddox, who came from an orphanage in Battambang, would be involved in the production of the film.
It will not be the first time Angelina has worked on a film with a member of her family; she directed and co-starred in By The Sea with her husband Brad Pitt and has also starred alongside daughter Vivienne, who played a young Princess Aurora, in her 2014 film Maleficent. Angelina’s other children Zahara and Pax also had small walk-on parts.
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