Angelina Jolie Brought All Her Kids to Movie Premiere in Cambodia
Angelina Jolie and her family traveled to Cambodia this week for the premiere of her latest movie, First They Killed My Father, and it was an emotional event for the mother of six. Not only was it the first day Jolie appeared in public since filing for divorce, but both Jolie and her 15-year-old son Maddox, who was born in Cambodia, shared some touching words at the premiere.
First They Killed My Father is a Netflix original movie based on the memoir that details human-rights activist Loung Ung's experience during the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. Jolie co-wrote the script, and her sons Maddox and 13-year-old Pax were involved in production.
Because the movie's creation was a family affair, it's only fitting that the whole gang attended the premiere, as well—Jolie and her six children traveled to Cambodia for the screening, where they met with King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, according to People.
Before the showing, Jolie gave a moving speech, expressing her gratitude for being involved in the film.
"I cannot find words to express what it means to me that I was entrusted with telling part of the story of this country," Jolie said. "This film was not made to focus on the horrors of the past, but to celebrate the resilience, kindness, and talent of the Cambodian people."
She also gave thanks to the country that allowed her to become a mother for the first time.
"Without Cambodia I may never have become a mother," Jolie explained. "Part of my heart is and will always be in this country. And part of this country is always with me: Maddox."
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Her son expressed gratitude for everyone who came to the event: "Thank you everyone for attending tonight. We finally made it. It's a great honor to present this film to all of you, and to stand by my mother and my family," Maddox said.
Shiloh, 10, also said a few words: "My name is Shiloh and I love Cambodia," she declared in Khmer.
With all the emotion and passion that went into the film, there's no doubt it will be an powerful experience for viewers. First They Killed My Father will be available on Netflix sometime this year, and we'll be waiting eagerly to watch.