First They Killed My Father

Director: Angelina Jolie
DP: Anthony Dod Mantle
Writers: Angelina Jolie, Loung Ung
Starring: Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata
Release: September 2017

First They Killed My Father depicts the true story of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung, who was forcibly trained as a child soldier, whilst her parents „disappeared“ and her siblings were sent to labour camps, during the rule of the socialist Khmer Rouge Regime in Cambodia. Her story is part of an infamous historic episode, which saw the depopulation of the country’s cities, and the deaths of at least 1.5 million people, around 25% of Cambodia’s citizens.


With the exception of a number of stunning aerial shots, almost every image in the movie is concentrated around Loung’s point-of-view. Some of the action takes place in the first person, with the camera representing what Loung sees. At other times it takes more of the role of an observer, with the young heroine in-frame as other background action moves the story along.

In order to realise his cinematic vision DOP Anthony Dod Mantle was looking for small POV cameras. As he has used our cameras on previous productions he knew what the cameras were capable of and chose to use various indieGS2K systems on this feature film production.

To find out more about Anthony Dod Mantle’s work on First They Killed My Father check out this article of the British Cinematographer.