Jolie Explores Pol Pot's Terror Through a Child's Eyes

Actress says she was determined to make the forthcoming Netflix movie driven by her love for Cambodia and son Maddox.
Angelina Jolie speaks with Srey Moch Sareum behind the scenes during production on the film.
03_17_Jolie_02 Source: Roland Neveu/Netflix

The towering terrors of Pol Pot's Cambodia are hard to see in today's Phnom Penh, where traffic-choked streets and wild development have seemingly erased the past, and some have grown so wealthy that a car dealership is about to start importing Bentleys from Britain.

Yet the Khmer Rouge genocide, which killed 1.7 million people—nearly a quarter of the country’s population—from 1975 to 1979 still looms over this tiny Southeast Asian nation, where many still wake up in the middle of the night screaming and recalling the horrors. That’s why so many here in this capital, which is about the genocide as seen through the eyes of an orphaned little girl.

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