This November, Hollywood star, actress Angelina Jolie came to Cambodia to film her latest project, with shots will be carried out in Angkor Wat and other little-known tourist sites.
As a film version of writer Loung Ung’s memoir, “First They Killed My Father”, the project reportedly will feature Jolie’s adopted Khmer son – Maddox in a significant role.
Much of the filming will take place in Siem Riep Province, where the famous Angkor Wat temple is located. Some scenes will be recorded in the ancient temple ruins, while others will shot in rice paddies and riverside in the neighbored areas.
According to the Cambodian Film Commission, the production will carry out quickly. The first scenes were filmed in early November, and the plan is expected to end in late January 2016. Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city behind Phnom Penh, will be used for 10% of the movie.
This story, about a family’s experience under cruel Khmer Rouge regime, will comprise very tragic events. However, it will be also a chance for people to see idyllic countryside around Siem Riep. This newest work of the famous actress is expected to have an effect on tourism of Cambodia. While Angkor Wat is extremely well-known (it had a great reputation even before “Tomb Raider” hit screens), the surrounding rural areas are rarely visited. Battambang, for instance, is off the tourist map, despite being the second’s largest city. When “First They Killed My Father” is completed, local authority hopes that tourism trade in the city will prosper.
The shooting is anticipated to have an influence on Angkor Wat discovery of travelers, as tourism trade will be put in pause to make way for production crew and cast. These days, there are plans to block off certain roads and sections around the temple in order that oblivious tourists and residents don’t interrupt the film recording.
Angelina Jolie is renowned for charity activities as well as successful acting career. She has a long connection with Cambodia. Her bombard movie “Tomb Raider” was also filmed in the country’s ancient temples. Jolie and husband Brad Pitt adopted a Cambodian orphan in 2002, their son Maddox. She poured millions of dollars for development and conservation projects in this kingdom. She was even awarded honorary Cambodian citizenship by King Norodom Sihamoni as recognition of her contributions.