Loung Ung has faced down darkness and emerged with love, dignity and grace.
As a child, she saw more of the evil in the world than most of us can even imagine. She is a survivor of Cambodia’s Killing Fields, a genocide that claimed one-fourth of the nation’s population.
Loung’s best-selling books about her nightmarish experiences and devastating losses — First They Killed My Father, Lucky Child and Lulu in the Sky — are gripping narratives of terror, but also of courage and resilience.
For the October membership interview, I spoke with Loung about her life, the new movie based on one of her memoirs, and her friendship with the film’s director, actress Angelina Jolie.
First They Killed My Father, which she co-wrote with Angelina, is currently streaming on Netflix.
In this excerpt from the interview, Loung talks about the most difficult part of seeing her life story on the screen:
In the rest of the interview, you’ll learn all of this and so much more:
- The ways Loung has honored the memory of her parents, who died in the Killing Fields
- How her friendship with Angelina Jolie has blossomed and flourished and what it’s like to work with this Hollywood icon
- About her experiences on the set of the film in Cambodia and what she considered to be her main role there
- How self-care played a part in Loung’s capacity to sustain the arduous movie-making experience
- About her entrepreneurial side as a restaurateur in Cleveland, Ohio• Her favorite snack — and it’s not Cheetos!
Loung is a favorite here at Women on Fire. I first interviewed her for you five years ago, and she was a guest speaker at the 2014 Women on Fire Retreat. I am honored to bring her back to share the exciting updates in her life.
And the After Interview features another beloved Woman on Fire — Ellen Wingard, a dear friend who introduced me to Loung two decades ago.
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