Jolie again under fire for her new Cambodian movie

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US actress and movie director Angelina Jolie is again facing a backlash over her Khmer Rouge movie she has been shooting in Cambodia, First They Killed My Father.

According to an interview with Jolie in Vanity Fair, she and her casting director looked at orphanages and and slum schools in Cambodia for kids who had experienced hardships in life in order to cast them. The casting director them played emotionally manipulative games with these kids to determine who of them would look most pitiful in certain situations.

In such a game, the casting director reportedly placed some money on the table and the children were asked to think of something they might need the money for. The children were then told to take the money off the table, but the director would then act as if to catch the children, and they had to give the money back.

According to Jolie, the “emotionally demanding game” was justified by the casting crew as a means of “garnering raw emotion” from the children.

However, readers and netizens were not convinced, with many blasting the technique as “excessive and mean” and accusing her of playing psychological games with impoverished kids, labeling the auditions as “weird” and “tatseless.”

One called it “orphan hunger games,“ while others asked how she could be so cruel to the Cambodian kids, but at the same time is able to bring up on charges for alleged child abuse against her ex-husband Brad Pitt.

Jolie also faced flak for reportedly recruiting 500 officials from the Cambodian army for the movie, which critics, among them Human Rights Watch, blasted as a “no-go” and “red flag,” pointing at the army’s role in suppressing dissent among the Cambodia population and often unleashing violently attacks protesters.

For example, In 2014, the Cambodian army opened fire on garment factory workers who were striking for higher wages, killing four labourers. The army also regularly quells protest by trade unions and other civil groups.

Jolie seems to be either unaware or ignorant towards these intricacies of making a movie in Cambodia, particularly when it is about the Khmer Rouge genocide.

The episode with the poor children comes across as exploitative and questions the humanitarian stance the actress-director has been promoting over the years, while the army recruitment only compounds the stink that emerged when is became known that she bought a jungle retreat in the country’s northwest – former Khmer Rouge heartland – serving as headquarters of her humanitarian foundation in Cambodia, of all things, from ex-Khmer Rouge soldiers.

“The complex and interwoven younger history of Cambodia is obviously too overwhelming for her, which raises the question what good it makes that a Hollywood celebrity exploits this country’s bitter and dark past in such a way for personal commercial gain and mainstream fame,” a critic pointedly noted.

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US actress and movie director Angelina Jolie is again facing a backlash over her Khmer Rouge movie she has been shooting in Cambodia, First They Killed My Father.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

US actress and movie director Angelina Jolie is again facing a backlash over her Khmer Rouge movie she has been shooting in Cambodia, First They Killed My Father.

According to an interview with Jolie in Vanity Fair, she and her casting director looked at orphanages and and slum schools in Cambodia for kids who had experienced hardships in life in order to cast them. The casting director them played emotionally manipulative games with these kids to determine who of them would look most pitiful in certain situations.

In such a game, the casting director reportedly placed some money on the table and the children were asked to think of something they might need the money for. The children were then told to take the money off the table, but the director would then act as if to catch the children, and they had to give the money back.

According to Jolie, the “emotionally demanding game” was justified by the casting crew as a means of “garnering raw emotion” from the children.

However, readers and netizens were not convinced, with many blasting the technique as “excessive and mean” and accusing her of playing psychological games with impoverished kids, labeling the auditions as “weird” and “tatseless.”

One called it “orphan hunger games,“ while others asked how she could be so cruel to the Cambodian kids, but at the same time is able to bring up on charges for alleged child abuse against her ex-husband Brad Pitt.

Jolie also faced flak for reportedly recruiting 500 officials from the Cambodian army for the movie, which critics, among them Human Rights Watch, blasted as a “no-go” and “red flag,” pointing at the army’s role in suppressing dissent among the Cambodia population and often unleashing violently attacks protesters.

For example, In 2014, the Cambodian army opened fire on garment factory workers who were striking for higher wages, killing four labourers. The army also regularly quells protest by trade unions and other civil groups.

Jolie seems to be either unaware or ignorant towards these intricacies of making a movie in Cambodia, particularly when it is about the Khmer Rouge genocide.

The episode with the poor children comes across as exploitative and questions the humanitarian stance the actress-director has been promoting over the years, while the army recruitment only compounds the stink that emerged when is became known that she bought a jungle retreat in the country’s northwest – former Khmer Rouge heartland – serving as headquarters of her humanitarian foundation in Cambodia, of all things, from ex-Khmer Rouge soldiers.

“The complex and interwoven younger history of Cambodia is obviously too overwhelming for her, which raises the question what good it makes that a Hollywood celebrity exploits this country’s bitter and dark past in such a way for personal commercial gain and mainstream fame,” a critic pointedly noted.

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