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TORONTO (AP) -- Angelina Jolie says that she only wanted to direct a film about the Cambodian genocide if her oldest son, Maddox, helped her.

Jolie tells The Associated Press that she had the script for "First They Killed My Father" for several years, but moved forward with filming only after Maddox said he was ready. The 16-year-old, whom Jolie adopted from Cambodia, is credited as an executive producer on the film.

Jolie says she made the movie for all of Cambodia, and hopes it brings audiences closer to the country that she fell in love with while filming "Tomb Raider."

But she also says the film, in select theaters and on Netflix on Friday, represents events happening elsewhere now, including Syria and Myanmar.

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