Directing allows Angelina Jolie to ‘champion other people’

Directing allows Angelina Jolie to ‘champion other people’
She would ‘love’ for her kids to get into the business. Source: Getty

 

TORONTO, September 13 (REUTERS) – Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie says she never intended to step behind the camera, but traveling around the world for the United Nations opened her eyes to the conflicts that have inspired many of her most recent films.

 

“I never thought I could make a movie or direct,” Jolie told an audience at the Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday, which is screening her Cambodian genocide film “First They Killed My Father” and Afghan film “The Breadwinner.”

Director and actor Angelina Jolie, left, arrives with her child Shiloh Jolie-Pitt for the screening of First They Killed My Father at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday. (AP)
(L-R) Loung Ung, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Pax Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kimhak Mun, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Sareum Srey Moch attend the First They Killed My Father premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre.(AFP)
Director Angelina Jolie arrives on the red carpet with her six children (L-R) Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Pax Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, and Zahara Jolie-Pitt for the film First They Killed My Father at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), in Toronto. (REUTERS)
Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, front row from left, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Sareum Srey Moch, middle row from left, Loung Ung, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Pax Jolie-Pitt, Kimhak Mun, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend a premiere for First They Killed My Father on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre. (Evan Agotini/Invision/AP)
Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of First they Killed my Father at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. (AFP)
Director Angelina Jolie arrives with her sons Maddox Jolie-Pitt (L), and Pax Jolie-Pitt (R) on the red carpet for the film First They Killed My Father at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), in Toronto. (REUTERS)

Jolie said her first major film as a director, the 2011 Bosnian war drama “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” was prompted by her humanitarian work as a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency.

 

“I wanted to learn more about the war of Yugoslavia. I had been in the region and traveling in the UN. It was a war I really couldn’t get my head around… It was not a goal to become a director,” she said.

 

“The Breadwinner,” an animated film that she produced, is about a young Afghan girl who cuts her hair and poses as a boy in order to feed her family.

 

It “tells the sad reality of many girls having to work and not go to school,” said Jolie, who has made several trips to Afghanistan.

 

“The people I have met over the years are truly my heroes. The nice thing about being a director is to champion other people,” Jolie added.

 

Jolie said “First They Killed My Father,” was inspired by wanting to learn more about the history of Cambodia, the birthplace of her son Maddox, one of her six children.

 

She said she wanted “Maddox to learn about himself as a Cambodian in a different light.”

 

The film, which was screened in Cambodia earlier this year, tells the story of a young girl during the country’s 1970s genocide who is forced into the countryside to toil in rice paddies and then take up arms as a child soldier.



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