Angelina Jolie has been announced as both the director and producer of an adaptation of Cambodian author and activist Loung Ung's memoir First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.

The script was co-adapted by Jolie herself with Ung: "I trusted Angelina's heart," the author says. "Through the years, we have become close friends, and my admiration for Angelina as a woman, a mother, a filmmaker, and a humanitarian has only grown. It is with great honor that I entrust my family's story to Angelina to adapt into a film."

Ung was five years old when Khmer Rouge assumed power in Cambodia; she was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans. She survived, and later wrote First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, which was first published in 2000. "I was deeply affected by Loung's book," Angelina Jolie comments "It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son's homeland."

The film will be made available late 2016 via Netflix.