Angelina Jolie continues successfully screening her new film ‘First They Killed My Father’ during the film festival season. During the weekend the activist debuted the film at the Toronto International Film Festival and received high praise.
The film’s promotion has been kind of a family thing as Angelina has been accompanied by her six children. ‘First They Killed My Father’ is set to hit theater and launch on Netflix on September 15.
Angelina and her family are touring festivals
Angelina Jolie took to the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday in support of received world premiere of Nora Twomey’s animated ‘The Breadwinner,’ which Jolie exec-produced. First They Killed My Father‘ at the festival and she was in full support of her children.
The director has brought Maddox and Pax — as well as siblings Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and Knox and Vivienne, 9 — to the premieres of her latest film, making for adorable pictures of her growing kids.
At the Festival’s red carpet, Angelina discussed working with her son Maddox on her latest directorial effort.
“Tes, I wanted him to work and I wanted him to research and I wanted him to help me, because of the child’s point of view also he was very useful,” Jolie said. “But really just to sit on set and look over and see him with his countrymen and see him creating and laughing and being Cambodian and being happy in his land. It was everything.”
The actress adopted Maddox, her first child, from an orphanage in Battambang, Cambodia, in 2002. Now, Maddox is following his mother’s steps in the business and worked in the movie as an executive producer. And, according to Jolie, he did a fine job.
“I can never rate my own child, but I couldn’t have made it without him and I cannot say that about every producer I’ve worked with.” However, Maddox wasn’t the only one who worked in the film, as his little brother Pax also worked a a set photographer. The proud mama gushed about them at the red carpet.
“They worked hard,” Jolie said of her two oldest kids. “I want them to have a strong work ethic. When I looked over and I saw [Maddox] and Pax working with the other crew — it was just wonderful,” Jolie told
The pair was praised not only by their mom but also by close friend and ‘First They Killed My Father’ book author Loung Ung.
“It was so important for Mad, he is so used to being a big brother to all his siblings that when he was on the set it was a natural transition for him to be the big brother,” Ung added. But even as she is busy with her kids and films, the longtime humanitarian activist says she will continue using her platform to speak out.
“I wake up and I see things on the news, or I see what’s not on the news, and I get very upset and I’m very conscious of what’s happening in the world,” Jolie said.
What do the reviews say about Jolie’s proyect?
Angelina Jolie last debuted her new film ‘First They Killed My Father’ at the Toronto Film Festival and continued with its high praise critics and reviews. The movie received a standing ovation at its premiere last month at the Telluride Film Festival and is going for more.
Not only it has been continually praised by critics but initial social media reactions have been largely positive for the adaptation of Loung Ung’s memoir of the same name. ‘First They Killed My Father’ is based on Cambodia human rights activist Luong Ung’s memoir, which documents her experience as a young girl under the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge.
The film is a passion project for Jolie, who said she was motivated to make the film by Maddox, who was born in Cambodia. The film already opened theatrically in Cambodia, which Jolie considered something quite important.
“Every day on set, our discussions were not just about shots, but about what the film means,” said Jolie, who made the film primarily for Cambodian audiences, and first screened it there months ago at the Olympic Stadium, where many atrocities had occurred in the late 1970s.
Jolie said these days she prefers working behind the lens. “I believe our world is stronger for diversity,” she said. “And great way to learn about each other is to work with each other.”