22 Febrero 2017 11:57
Angelina Jolie has a very special relationship with Cambodia. She fell in love with the country when she was there to film Tomb Raider. She later returned to adopt Maddox, her eldest son.
The actress and director is currently promoting her new film, First They Killed My Father, about the Khmer Rouge genocide, in which 2 million are thought to have died. The film is based on a memoir by Loung Ung, a child at the time of the events. The story is told through her eyes.
Jolie, who decided to have the premiere in Cambodia, gave an interview to the BBC before the screening. She said that she hoped the movie might help Cambodians speak more openly about the genocide.
She also spoke about how the country had changed her as a person. 'I came to this country and I fell in love with its people and learned its history, and in doing so learned how little I actually knew about the world. This country, for me, was my awakening. I'll always be very grateful to this country. I don't think I ever could give back as much as this country has given me.'
In the interview, Jolie also touched on the subject of her divorce from Brad Pitt. 'I don't want to say much,' said Jolie, visibly upset. 'It was a very difficult time... but we are and forever will be a family.'
She was unafraid to admit that the divorce was hard. 'Many people find themselves in this situation... My family have all been through a difficult time.' But she concluded on an optimistic note, saying she was confident that they would come through the experience 'stronger and closer.'
'My focus is my children, our children. We are, and forever will be, a family and so that it how I am coping. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.'