Angelina Jolie's Personal New Film Has a Special Place for Son Maddox

Bless the Jolie-Pitts. Bless them. Angelina Jolie announced that she's releasing a movie on Netflix with the help of her son Maddox. It would be based on Loung Ung's memoir called First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers about a child's experience with war in Cambodia.


This is great and wonderful news for, like, 3 billion different reasons.

First, the book itself tells the very true story of a young girl who had to live through the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia -- a period of time in the 1970s where 25 percent of the Cambodian population died under one dictator's rule.

So having a celebrity of Angelina's caliber stand up and draw attention to this story is incredible on its own, but the fact that she's bringing Maddox into the production makes it so much more valuable.

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With all of their adopted children, Brad and Angie have always been really good about teaching them about the culture they were born into and taking them back to where they were born. Maddox, who's 13 now, was born in Cambodia, which explains why this memoir in particular struck so deep a chord with Angelina. So of course she's including him in the project -- it just feels so natural and genuine. 

To make this even better, Angie is cowriting the script with Loung Ung, the original author of the memoir. And for a producer, she chose Cambodian-born Rithy Panh, who created the Oscar-nominated foreign-language film The Missing Picture.

Thanks to Netflix, the film is going to be released in Khmer, the native language in Cambodia, as well as in English. It sounds like Angelina chose Netflix because of their massive global reach -- something she couldn't get with a standard Hollywood film.

So add this to the massive list of all the amazing humanitarian work Angie chips down at every week. She's a goddess. BLESS.


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