Angelina Jolie defends child-casting ‘game’ for Cambodia film | Film | The Guardian “Shame news” blows it with false takedown over a scene in the film and not what was shame claimed

“I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario. The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened. The point of this film is to bring attention to the horrors children face in war, and to help fight to protect them,” she added.Panh added that the scene relates to “a real episode from the life of Loung Ung” and underlined that those auditioning were aware that the exercise was not real. “The children were not tricked or entrapped, as some have suggested. They understood very well that this was acting, and make believe,” he said.First They Killed My Father will be shown at the Toronto international film festival, and is expected to be released on Netflix later this year.

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