Watch the first trailer for Angelina Jolie's controversial Netflix original film, 'First They Killed My Father'

Last week, Angelina Jolie caused quite a stir when a Vanity Fair article described a cruel, intense method of casting impoverished Cambodian children for her Netflix original film, “First They Killed My Father.”

Jolie has since denied the accusations, saying the process was mischaracterized.

And now we have the first trailer for the project. 

“First They Killed My Father” is based on Loung Ung’s memoir by the same name, which details Ung’s experience as a young child in Cambodia as the Khmer Rouge seized power in 1975 and during the genocide that followed. Jolie travelled to Cambodia seeking children she thought would be great for the lead role of young Ung.

On Wednesday, Netflix released the trailer. It looks intense and proves that Jolie has established her directorial style. 

“First They Killed My Father” plays at the Toronto Film Festival next month, and debuts on Netflix later this year. 

You can watch the trailer below:

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