Oscar award winning actress Angelina Jolie, who adopted son Maddox (age 13) from an orphanage in western Cambodia in 2002, says he will take over the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation. The Foundation was set up there 12 years ago “to help local families overcome problems associated with poverty in the region and to help preserve the remarkable habitat and wildlife for future generations,” in the future.
When asked if he would be involved in her upcoming Netflix film, ‘First they Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,’ Angelina Jolie said: “Maddox will be on set every day after school and involved behind the scenes. And yes, Maddox is already involved in the Foundation and will take over my role when he is older. The movie is about the country’s Khmer Rouge communist regime, during which 1.7 million civilians died in the 1970s.
The 40-year-old star, who has five other children with her husband Brad Pitt still feels a “deep connection” to Cambodia.
She added: “I want to respect its history and bring a film to the world that will not only show the hardships of war but the dignity and resilience of a people I deeply respect.”
I love Angelina and Brad’s parenting styles – they allow their children to be themselves and at the same time they allow them to learn and get to know THEIR history. I love it!
By Monique C. Tillman