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Angelina Jolie makes conflict-ridden Asia the focus of her films

Angelina Jolie makes conflict-ridden Asia the focus of her films

Toronto, Sep 18 (UNI) Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie is behind two films at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that have drawn huge audiences for their focus on the plight of the people affected by conflicts in Asia.
'First They Killed My Father', a feature film directed by Jolie recalls the horrors of the Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979.
Jolie is the executive producer of an animation film, 'The Breadwinner', which is about Afghanistan under the Taliban.
'First They Killed My Father', Jolie's fourth directorial venture, is based on a book by a survivor of the Khmer Rouge atrocities in Cambodia.
Loung Ung's 'First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers' retells the story of her family, which was sent to a labour camp by the Khmer Rouge.
'The Breadwinner' directed by Irish director Nora Twomey tells the story of a 11-year-old girl who earns the livelihood of her family disguising herself as a boy.
Based on a novel by Canadian author Deborah Ellis of the same name, the film uses animation to tell a poignant story.
Celebrated Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh joins Jolie, who has two children adopted from Cambodia, as executive producer in 'First They Killed My Father'.
"Jolie's textured script, complemented by (British cinematographer) Anthony Dodd Mantle's lush photography, balances vivid moments of everyday life with the sweeping terrors of war," says TIFF programmer Kerri Kraddock.
Mantle won the Best Cinematography Oscar for 'Slumdog Millionaire'.
Part of the special presentations section of the Toronto festival, 'First They Killed My Father' begins from the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge rebels take over power.
The Khmer Rouge rule witnessed the genocide of a quarter of the population of Cambodia.
'The Breadwinner', also part of the TIFF's special presentations section, tells the real-life story of Parvana, living with her family in Taliban-controlled Kabul.
Jolie, whose humanitarian work extended to both Cambodia and Afghanistan, came into contact with the girl during her work in Afghanistan.
"In Taliban-controlled Kabul, women and girls are not permitted to leave the house unescorted, to earn money, or to shop for food and supplies in the market.
When Parvana's father, a teacher, is unfairly imprisoned, she must disguise herself as a boy to become her family's sole breadwinner," says TIFF programmer Elizabeth Muskala.
Jolie, whose earlier directorial ventures include 'Land of Blood and Honey' and 'Unbroken', came to the Toronto festival to engage in a conversation with Loung, the protagonist of 'First They Killed My Father'.


Amir Khan's Secret Superstar collects Rs 5 cr on opening day

New Delhi, Oct 20 (UNI) Aamir Khan's diwali release 'Secret Superstar' has taken a decent start at the box office, earning around Rs 5 cr on its opening day, trade sources said here.


Eagerly awaiting public reaction for 'Secret Superstar': Aamir Khan

New Delhi, Oct 18 (UNI) As he awaits the release of his film 'Secret Superstar' on Diwali, superstar Aamir Khan says that he has not been able to sleep for the past one week and is eagerly waiting for the reactions of the public.


Salman Khan gives Diwali gift, unveils 'Tiger Zinda Hai' teaser

New Delhi, Oct 18 (UNI) In a Diwali gift to his fans, superstar Salman Khan on Wednesday unveiled the teaser of his forthcoming film 'Tiger Zinda Hai'.


90s diva Madhuri to make her debut in Marathi cinema

New Delhi, Oct 17 (UNI) After enthralling cinegoers over the years with her portrayals in several Hindi films, Bollywood diva of the 90s Madhuri Dixit is set to maker her debut in Marathi films.


Kabir Bedi, Farah Khan slam Sangeet Som's comments on Taj Mahal

New Delhi, Oct 17 (UNI) Bollywood celebrities Kabir Khan and Farah Khan today slammed the comments made by BJP leader Sangeet Som that the Taj Mahal was built by "traitors" and was a "blot on Indian culture".

Ram Gopal Varma ridicules construction of Amaravati

Ram Gopal Varma ridicules construction of Amaravati

Vijayawada, Oct 10 (UNI) Famous Bollywood Film Director Ram Gopal Varma, who creates news by making controversial statements and producing movies, this time, made a satire on the construction of new capital city Amaravati by stating that he had a “mind blowing” idea for AP government.

DEPwD, DFF to organise Short Film Competition on Divyangjan Sashaktikaran

DEPwD, DFF to organise Short Film Competition on Divyangjan Sashaktikaran

New Delhi, Jul 17 (UNI) The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is organising ‘Short Film Competition on Divyangjan Sashaktikaran-2017’ in association with Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.

Evergreen voice of Asha Bhosle, who turns 84 today.

Evergreen voice of Asha Bhosle, who turns 84 today.

Kolkata, Sep 8 (UNI) From yesteryears` actresses Mumtaz, Zeenat Aman, Madhubala, Helen and Asha Parekh to the new-age heroines like Aishwarya, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar, are all bound by a common thread - the evergreen voice of Asha Bhosle, who turns 84 today.