First They Killed My Father is the powerful upcoming Netflix movie directed by Angelina Jolie, based off the bestselling memoir by Loung Ung. The film follows a child soldier serving under the Khmer Rouge during the Cambodian genocide.  

First They Killed My Father has already generated some controversy when Jolie described the casting process in an interview with Vanity Fair last month. Jolie looked for children in orphanages and slum schools, specifically after those who had experienced suffering throughout their lives.  According to Vanity Fair, when the children met with the Director, they were presented with money on a table and asked to snatch it away. The children would then have to come up with a reason for why they needed the money.

"Srey Moch [the child chosen for the part of Loung] was the only child that stared at the money for a very, very long time," Jolie told the magazine, "When she was asked later what the money was for, she said her grandfather had died, and they didn't have enough money for a nice funeral."

Jolie has since denied that he casting process was abusive, stating that she was upset that the scenario had been taken out of context: "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... The point of this film is to bring attention to the horrors children face in war, and to help fight to protect them."

First They Killed My Father is very much a passion project for Jolie, whose relationship with Cambodia first started in 2000 when she filmed her blockbuster movie Tomb Raider. Cambodia is also the country where Jolie's first child, Maddox was adopted from.

The trailer does not feature any dialogue, focusing solely on the processes of war and genocide through the eyes of a child.

First They Killed My Father arrives on Netflix September 15. You can watch the trailer below. 

The trailer for Angelina Jolie’s powerful Netflix movie is here