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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'.
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