- Angelina Jolie cast a Cambodian child in the lead role for her new film
- First They Killed My Father is a film she directed for Netflix
- The casting process has been criticised as cruel and exploitative
The outcry and accusations of child abuse that followed have prompted Angelina Jolie, a United Nations ambassador, to clarify that the children were not given real money and that it was a version of events depicted in the film. "I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario. The point of this film is to bring attention to the horrors children face in war and to help fight to protect them. The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened," her statement read.
"Every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present," Angelina Jolie has said.