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Angelina Jolie “My dream is to work with my kids in the future”

Oscar-winning actor and humanitarian, Angelina Jolie, talks about directing her new film, First They Killed My Father, her pride in her children and her hopes for them as they grow older

A ngelina Jolie has rebounded from her difficult split from Brad Pitt with a mix of resilience and regret. Being a single mother of six children would be difficult under any circumstances, and she doesn’t hide her discomfort in the wake of her filing for divorce from Pitt after 12 years together.

‘I don’t enjoy it. It’s not something I wanted. There’s nothing nice about it. It’s just hard’, she said, while promoting her film as a director, First They Killed My Father, a story about a Cambodian family’s struggle to escape the genocidal slaughter carried out during the Khmer Rouge’s notorious 1975-79 reign of terror.

The film is based on the personal memoir by Cambodian refugee Loung Ung, now 47, whose book looks back at her experience as a five-year-old girl whose family was forced to flee Phnom Penh when the Khmer Rouge invaded the city. Ung’s family was eventually captured and forced to live in a re-education camp, while Pol Pot’s army was in the process of killing nearly two million Cambodians.

The film, directed by Jolie, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Ung, has a deep personal significance for Jolie. She was filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia in 2001 when she came across Ung’s book and was moved by the tale. She subsequently tracked down the author, became friends with her, and sought her advice as to whether it would be appropriate for Jolie to adopt a Cambodian boy. That child turned out to be Maddox, the eldest of Jolie’s six children, who worked on the film alongside his mother, as did his younger brother, Pax.

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This month we’re exploring how to truly have a happy Christmas. If you don’t have any religious beliefs, the holidays can be rather become a meaningless glut of overconsumption and commercialism, but this issue will help you explore how to create a different experience for you, your friends and family this year. And often it’s about kindness. Our interview with June Sapong explores how we can use kindness in our everyday lives to make the world a better place. One of our own relays her experience of finding the bravery and courage to start dating again. When a relationship goes sour, it’s normal to lick your wounds for a bit but how do we begin to heal and have the courage to be vulnerable and get back out there again? Ellen Tout takes us on that journey. Natalie Hourihan explores ‘creativism’ with author and entrepreneur Orna Ross and shows us how to connect with our ‘creative intelligence’ so we can design a life that works for us on our terms. The good news we all have access to this intelligence, we just need to know how to harness it!
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