Angelina Jolie's eldest son Maddox, who was born in Cambodia, took to the stage to say a few words at the world premiere of his mom's upcoming film First They Killed My Father. The 15-year-old said: "Thank you everyone for attending tonight. We finally made it. It's a great honour to present this film to all of you, and to stand by my mother and my family. And now I'd like to introduce my little sister Shiloh, as she has something to say."
Ten-year-old Shiloh then addressed the audience, saying: "My name is Shiloh and I love Cambodia" in Khmer. The mother-of-six was also joined by her four other children – Pax, 13, Zahara 11, and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, and said a few words while wearing a dazzling magenta gown.
"I cannot find words to express what it means to me that I was entrusted with telling part of the story of this country,” she told the audience. "This film was not made to focus on the horrors of the past, but to celebrate the resilience, kindness and talent of the Cambodian people. Most of all, this film is my way of saying thank you to Cambodia. Without Cambodia I may never have become a mother. Part of my heart is and will always be in this country. And part of this country is always with me: Maddox."
Both Maddox and Pax were involved in the film's production, and Angelina previously told the Guardian about how seriously her eldest son took on the work. "He was the one who just called it and said he was ready and that he wanted to work on it, which he did," she said proudly. "He read the script, helped with notes, and was in the production meetings."