Tuesday 12 December 2017

Angelina: 'Directing lets me give a voice to the voiceless'

Actress and film director Angelina Jolie with her children Vivienne, Knox, Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, and Zahara as well as Sareum Srey Moch, Loung Ung, and Kimhak Mun at the premiere for ‘First They Killed My Father’ at the Toronto International Film Festival. Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Actress and film director Angelina Jolie with her children Vivienne, Knox, Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, and Zahara as well as Sareum Srey Moch, Loung Ung, and Kimhak Mun at the premiere for ‘First They Killed My Father’ at the Toronto International Film Festival. Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

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Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie says she never intended to step behind the camera, but travelling the world for the United Nations opened her eyes to the conflicts that have inspired many of her recent films.

"I never thought I could make a movie or direct," she told an audience at the Toronto Film Festival, which is screening her Cambodian genocide film 'First They Killed My Father' and Afghan film 'The Breadwinner.'

She said her first major film as a director, the 2011 Bosnian war drama "In the Land of Blood and Honey," was prompted by her humanitarian work as a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency.

"The people I have met over the years are truly my heroes. The nice thing about being a director is to champion other people," Jolie added.

Irish Independent

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