Jolie directing Cambodian memoir for Netflix film

LOS ANGELES: Angelina Jolie is the latest high-profile film-maker to join the ranks of Netflix Inc (NFLX.O), where she will be directing a Cambodian author’s war memoir into a feature-length film, the online streaming platform said.

Jolie, 40, is producing and directing First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, based on author and activist Loung Ung’s memoirs of being a child soldier during Khmer Rouge’s reign over Cambodia in 1975.

“It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son’s homeland,” Jolie said of Ung’s book in a statement.

Jolie and Ung co-wrote the script and Jolie’s Cambodian-born son Maddox will be involved in the production, Netflix said. The film will be released on Netflix exclusively in late 2016, and will also enter at major film festivals.

This will be Jolie’s fourth feature directorial effort, following on the success of last year’s Unbroken and the upcoming By The Sea, in which she also stars alongside husband Brad Pitt.

Netflix, which houses an online library of thousands of films and television shows and also develops original content, is available in more than 50 countries, a reach that the company said was key in Oscar-winning Jolie’s decision to come aboard.

Other major names developing original content for Netflix include Adam Sandler, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark and Jay