Film recap: First They Killed My Father

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by Thông Còi 13-04-2021

Angelina Jolie's The Day They Killed My Father was her best work as a director: a rare film about a national tragedy told through the eyes and mind of a child. The film was adapted by Jolie and co-writer Loung Ung from Ung's memoir about her family's experiences after the Khmer Rouge occupied Cambodia.

Movie poster The day they killed my father (Source: internet)

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General information

  • IMDb points:

    7,2/ 15,944 Rates

  • Directors:

    Angelina Jolie

  • Cast:

    Sreymoch Sareum, Kompheak Phoeung, Socheata Sveng, Dara Heng, Kimhak Mun, Angkar, Loung Ung

  • Nation:

    United State

  • Year:


  • Time to hit theaters:

    February 18, 2017

  • Time:

    136 Min

  • Film type:

    Phim lẻ

  • Category:

    Phim tâm lý

Movie summary

After the son was caught stealing corn and being brutally beaten, the mother decided to tell the children to flee far away. Each person has a different direction. Kim (boy) - ran south, chu (sister - went north, Luong- east had to walk until he reached a better labor camp, and had to say he was an orphan and not is allowed to give his real name, because if they catch one, they will not be able to catch the others. Here, the sisters continued to work hard and had to learn the "revolutionary" soldiers who hated the Duol (Vietnam) .Children were continuously propagated about the army.

Angkar holds all power, Angkar is the savior and the liberator of the poor people, Angkar's soldiers in the front lines are crushing the Vietnamese enemies, the glorious Cambodian friends for a long time.

Later, Loung was recruited as a child soldier for the Khmer Rouge. Luong learned to shoot guns and set traps, as well as make mines against the Vietnamese. The children here are continuously propagated to hate the Vietnamese, and they also eat more and are treated better than the other workers in the labor camps.

When Loung (the autobiographical character) was allowed to return to visit her home, her mother was killed, leaving the house empty and cold.

One day, Loung's camp is destroyed by Vietnamese shelling, forcing her to flee with other civilians. On the way, she reunited with her brother and sister and stayed one night in a field refugee camp run by the Vietnamese army. When the camp was attacked by the Khmer Rouge the next morning, they fled with protection from the Vietnamese army and headed to the jungle, where Loung was separated from his siblings and witnessed the mines. I have installed, causing casualties to many refugees. The three brothers were reunited in a Vietnam Red Cross relief camp on the border.

There Loung saw people beating a Khmer Rouge prisoner. She sees him as her father and remembers painful things that happened in her life. Loung dreams of his father being executed and buried in a mass grave. When she calls the man "Pa", the others leave immediately. Loung looked at the prisoner and then left. When the war ended, Loung reunited with his brothers. Years later, the children are now grown up and pray for their deceased loved ones at an ancient temple.

By executing, starving, by labor or forcing, the Khmer Rouge systematically killed nearly a quarter of the country's population.

The reunion of 6 brothers and sisters in a family of 3 boys and 3 girls after the death with 1,270 days (from April 17, 1975 to January 7, 1979) living under the Pol Pot regime speaks for itself. the catastrophe of a people before the Pol Pot genocide.


"The day they killed my father" is a film that denounces the barbarous crimes of the Pol Pot gang in a fairly convincing way with scenes of real and vivid value. The film is the representative of Cambodia for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. In addition, the film also won many other prestigious awards.

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