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Angelina Jolie in Cambodia for premiere of her new film

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/18/2017
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie smiles before a press conference in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith) © The Associated Press Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie smiles before a press conference in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Angelina Jolie said Saturday that she hopes her new film about Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge will help educate the world about the brutality of the 1970s regime and shed a light on the plight of young people in various war zones today.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie smiles before a press conference in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith) © The Associated Press Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie smiles before a press conference in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

"First They Killed My Father" is based on author and human rights activist Loung Ung's account of her survival as a child under the 1975-79 communist Khmer Rouge regime, believed to be responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million Cambodians from starvation, disease and execution.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, center, stands with her adopted children Pax, left, Maddox, waving second from right, Zahara, right, while they wait to meet Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launch her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in the Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith) © The Associated Press Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, center, stands with her adopted children Pax, left, Maddox, waving second from right, Zahara, right, while they wait to meet Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launch her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in the Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Speaking at a news conference ahead of the film's premiere, the actress-turned-director said she hopes the movie will "remind everybody that there are little Loung's all around the world today" in various war zones and corners of the world.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, center, stands with her group members as they wait before meeting Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni, in Siem Reap province, north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launch her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" is presiding over by King Sihamoni, in Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith) © The Associated Press Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, center, stands with her group members as they wait before meeting Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni, in Siem Reap province, north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launch her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" is presiding over by King Sihamoni, in Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

"Her story is their story and so this is, in many ways, universal, and we hope that that is something that you think about as well," she said.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie gives a press conference in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith) © The Associated Press Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie gives a press conference in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Jolie has had an affinity for Cambodia since she began goodwill work for the U.N.'s refugee agency in 2001, and her eldest son, Maddox, 15, was adopted from the country. She also has established a foundation to promote social development in rural Cambodia.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie greets guests after a press conference in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith) © The Associated Press Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie greets guests after a press conference in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

However, the Hollywood superstar stressed that Cambodia's history is not just the war.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, second from left, waves with her adopted children Pax, left, Maddox, center, Zahara, third from right, and Shiloh, second from right, while they wait to meet Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in the Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith) © The Associated Press Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, second from left, waves with her adopted children Pax, left, Maddox, center, Zahara, third from right, and Shiloh, second from right, while they wait to meet Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in the Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

"I hope that the young people, when they see this film, that yes, they will learn part of their history, but I hope they also see — I hope all of you see — that this is a country of talent and art and love and beauty," Jolie said.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie arrives for a press conference in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in Angkor complex in the Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith) © The Associated Press Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie arrives for a press conference in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in Angkor complex in the Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Jolie, who not only directed the film but also co-wrote the screenplay with Loung, employed Maddox to work on the movie, which was shot on location in Cambodia in late 2015 and early 2016. She said that Maddox is very proud of his Cambodian heritage and that she and her children see Cambodia as their "second home."

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie walks away after a press conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in the Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith) © The Associated Press Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie walks away after a press conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in the Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

"The children are very close to the children who are in the film and, in fact, many of them are best friends," Jolie said. "So, they're simply happy to be back with their friends. Maddox is happy to be back in his country."

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, right, talks with Cambodian film maker Rithy Panh, left, and actress Sareum Srey Moch, center, during a press conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in the Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith) © The Associated Press Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, right, talks with Cambodian film maker Rithy Panh, left, and actress Sareum Srey Moch, center, during a press conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in the Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

The film, a Netflix original production, will be shown on the streaming service later this year.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie arrives for a press conference in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in Angkor complex in the Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith) © The Associated Press Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie arrives for a press conference in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" in Angkor complex in the Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Jolie's previous directorial projects include the 2015 marriage drama "By the Sea," in which she starred alongside then-husband Brad Pitt, and the 2014 survival story "Unbroken."

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, center, stands together with Cambodian film maker Rithy Panh, left, as they wait for the start a press conference in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" is presiding over by King Sihamoni, in Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, center, stands together with Cambodian film maker Rithy Panh, left, as they wait for the start a press conference in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Jolie on Saturday launches her two-day film screening of "First They Killed My Father" is presiding over by King Sihamoni, in Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
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