THR reports that Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father is officially Cambodia’s submission for best foreign-language film at this year’s Oscars. Directed and co-written by Jolie, First They Killed My Father tells the horrifying true story of a young girl’s experience through Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide. The film was shot entirely in Cambodia and also employed thousands of native workers. And despite it being financed entirely by Netflix, First They Killed My Father is currently screening at major theaters in Cambodia. Jolie’s approach to the film is clearly an incredibly progressive move for the movie industry — in more ways than one. Let’s hope it has some staying power in the coming months.
The U.S. released First They Killed My Father theatrically on September 15th in the Top 10 markets, and it’s also currently available for streaming on Netflix.