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Plot: A 5-year-old girl embarks on a harrowing quest for survival amid the sudden rise and terrifying reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
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An otherwise notable film marred by propaganda and historical distortion
First of all, let me start by saying ‘First They Killed My Father’ is not in my opinion as boring as some here have maintained, though this may be due to my long standing interest in the region and subject matter.
Even so, the movie is unfortunately marred by factually incorrect anti- US propaganda via the disingenuous citation of the ‘US bombing of Cambodia’ as the cause of the communist Khmer Rouge ascendancy in Cambodia. I can only guess that foreign pre-sales or investment financing from Euro territories, where this film is likely to have a strong audience, essentially and implicitly ‘required’ an anti-US position in order to satisfy the mandate of the investors, state cultural bodies, and potential audiences.
Film and media agencies in France, for instance, including Unifrance, Film France, and others have been overtly aggressive over the past decade in re-parsing re-interpreting historical events in Indochina. especially with regard to the Vietnam/Cambodia situation subsequent to the French termination at Dien Bien Phu. Their goal appears to be to distance France from any significant culpability in the Indochinese disaster, extending from Vietnam through the Cambodian tragedy under Pol Pot,
Increasingly common is the obligatory citation of the ‘US bombing’ (usually cited as a lump bogey-man term) as a primary cause of the rise of the Khmer Rouge. See, for instance, that same device being utilized at the introduction of the recent Cambodia-related documentary, ‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: The Story of Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll’, and others.
Though no fan of the massive and tragic US error in Vietnam, I’m aware of few if any serious Cambodia scholars today who would argue that the US air campaign in Cambodia gave rise to the Khmer Rouge regime as a primary cause, especially when compared to more significant factors such as the role of King Sihanouk in cultivating the KR as a fighting force. An even more obvious and traceable cause would be the first exposure of Solath Sar (Pol Pol, leader of the Khmer Rouge) to communism while studying at his Lycee in Paris in the late 40’s and early 50’s.
Aside from this, it’s not clear what component of the US/ARVN tactical and strategic and tactical air campaign Ms. Jolie and her French- Cambodian producer, Rithy Panh, are referring to when they cite the US air campaign in Cambodia in the 1970’s.
It is true that the brief and limited MENU bombings of NVA and Viet Cong border areas was not authorized by Congress, and were therefore illegal (As were the NVA and Viet Cong incursions into Cambodia). But the filmmakers seem to be conflating the MENU operation with non-secret tactical and strategic air strikes called in by Cambodian Armed Forces (FANK) spotters against the mixed KR / NVA combatant forces.
Without intervention by air in many cases, Khmer Rouge and NVA main force units would otherwise have shredded the FANK Cambodian Republic armed forces opposing them. It was only the tactical use of B52s against KR and NVA forces which prevented the capture and fall of Phnom Penh as early as 1973, for instance. In other words, without intervention by the same US bombs cited as an accelerant to the KR regime, the Cambodian genocide would otherwise started an additional two years earlier.
A more courageous, honest and authentic approach with ‘First They Killed my Father’ may well have been to undertake and share an objective examination of other greater causes at the time, most notably Cambodian King Sihanouk’s role in encouraging the rise of the KR in order to regain his throne. Finally, the involvement of other relevant powers such as China and the Soviet Union in the Indochinese/Cambodian morass would also have been well worthy of discussion.
Even more courageous approach would have been to allow the author of the original book, Ms. Ung, to direct the movie herself, which in turn would have validated the movie as a true local Cambodian effort.
In any case, ‘First They Killed my Father’, so promising in its potential, compromises itself from the start and cannot thus be considered on the same rigorous level as ‘The Killing Fields’
Worth the Watch – Ignore the Politics
Despite the overarching revisionism prevalent in the early portions of the film – it is still a somber representation of the Khmer Rouge and the suffering of Cambodia and it’s people.
Generally speaking the film did a fantastic job representing the people of Cambodia and their fears as the Khmer Rouge (ANGKAR) forced themselves into power. Mass civilian displacement, labor camps, torture, executions, and property confiscation is all covered through the eyes of a five year old child (daughter of a Lon Nol Captain) and her family.
After some stock footage and the obvious political message is over with, we are taken to (presumably) 1975 Cambodia during the fall of Phnom Penh. After the Khmer Rouge march in, Loung Ung (our young protagonist) and her family are forced out of their family home into the countryside. During the trek they are forced by ANGKAR to forfeit anything deemed ‘Western’, and their family vehicle is confiscated for the ‘greater good’ of the movement.
Shortly thereafter, they are interned in a labor camp, forced to remove all color from their clothes, cut their hair, and conform to society under ANGKAR (e.g. everyone is equal, no money…usual communist ideals). In this society no Western medicine is permitted and they are forced to swear allegiance to Angkar. Each night they are grouped up for ‘re-education’ and during one of these events some children note a man used French medicine to treat his child. The man is subsequently removed from the group, chastised, tied to a tree, and tortured (it is implied).
After a number of days in the camp, Loung Ung’s elder siblings are removed from the family to aid the cause in separate regions…meaning they were being sent to the ‘front lines.’
During these emotional scenes we are shown memories Loung shared with the departed, which really helped drive home the horrors of what was happening in the country.
After the loss of her siblings we come to see the ANGKAR using her and the other children for child labor (gathering water, tending to crops, picking beans etc.). Throughout this period we also learn that they are slowly starving, as one of the ANGKAR provide Loung with a meager portion of rice and clear broth. Later we also see the father being forced to smuggle two beetles into their ‘home’ and the carcasses being divided among the family. All of this under the ever watchful eye of the ANGKAR (lights occasionally peer into the slats in the hut).
Without going further, I feel this was definitely worth a watch. Especially if you’re interested in the region and it’s history.
My one gripe: The film begins with stock footage of Nixon proclaiming the neutrality of Cambodia and the United State’s respect and support of their neutrality. This is interspersed with bombs being dropped, explosions, deceased civilians etc. So sets the mood for the film…the United States created the Khmer Rouge and is to blame for subsequent actions. This is patently false from a historical perspective and I feel it was disingenuous to infer at the beginning and through numerous points in the film, such as when a farmer claimed the United States bombed his farm and that’s why he supported the Khmer Rouge. In reality, Communism was receiving support and was very prevalent in the region LONG before the United States was militarily involved. Some historians claim the bombing campaigns may have boosted numbers marginally, but to repeatedly show us Cambodians claiming they support ANGKAR because of the United States is dishonest (to put it nicely). In fact, most historians concur that the rise of Khmer (politically) can be contributed to the removal of Sihanouk as head of state in 1970.
Just be honest in your representation of history and let the viewer come to his/her own conclusion.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 16 min (136 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, History, War
Director Angelina Jolie
Writer Loung Ung (screenplay by), Angelina Jolie (screenplay by), Loung Ung (based on the book “First They Killed My Father” by)
Actors Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Mun Kimhak
Country Cambodia, USA
Awards Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 27 nominations.
Production Company Netflix
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Sony CineAlta PMW-F55, Panavision Primo, Leica Summicron-C and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format AXSM
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format), F55 RAW (4K) (source format)
Printed Film Format DCP