Jolie Pitt will provide moral support and “bring attention to the rebirth of the Cambodian film industry” in her capacity as committee president, according to Cedric Eloy, the head of the Cambodian Film Commission.
The festival, held in the country’s capital city, Phnom Penh, begins on Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 10. Over 130 films from 34 different countries will be screened.
“Cambodia’s rich history, long culture and talented people mean it has a huge amount to offer the region and the world,” Jolie Pitt said in a statement. “I’m proud to support the Cambodia International Film Festival and Cambodia as a home for vibrant and innovative filmmaking.”
The star is currently in the country to film First They Killed My Father, a movie based on the memoir by author and human-rights activist Loung Ung about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s.
Jolie Pitt, 40, has a long history with Cambodia. Jolie Pitt’s son Maddox, 14, was born there. She founded two charities in the country, the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation and the Maddox Chivan Children’s Center, and, this September, she met with the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Maddox is helping his mom with research for the movie, and his brother Pax, 11, is taking still photos on set, Jolie Pitt recently told PEOPLE.
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The Netflix film will be told from the perspective of a 5-year-old who experienced life during the genocidal Khmer Rouge period.
Jolie Pitt says the movie will help teach Maddox about his heritage.
“This is a very important time for him to understand who he is,” she told the AP. “He is my son but he is also a son of Cambodia. This is the time for our family to understand all that that means to him and to us. My desire to tell this story in the most truthful and accurate way possible will be my tribute to the strength and dignity of all Cambodian people.”