6:54 AM EDT 3/20/2017
Angelina Jolie stands strong with her decision to return to the public eye by committing to humanitarian work. Last week, the 41-year-old emphasized her advocacy for the United Nations by making a compelling speech in Geneva.
According to E! Online, the actress shared details off her recent trip to Cambodia with her six children where she publicly opened up about her divorce from Brad Pitt and launched the screening of “First They Killed My Father.” Directed by Angelina Jolie herself, the drama movie uses a child’s perspective to demonstrate a true-life story of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia.
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According to the Oscar winner, the main goal of the film is to appeal to Cambodians and aid them in sharing their voice about the trauma experienced by the country during this period when nearly two million people died. Furthermore, Angelina Jolie wrote an op-ed about for The New York Times, sharing her sentiments over refugee policy. She also tackled women’s rights as she gave her first lecture at the London School of Economics.
Angelina Jolie raised her interest in humanitarian work as she filmed “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” in Cambodia. This resulted to multiple field tasks all over the world until the United Nations appointed the actress as a goodwill ambassador for the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees in 2001.
Despite having to deal with accusations that she was the reason behind the separation of Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie remained focused on humanitarian work, directing her efforts towards relieving impoverished areas.
In an interview with Forbes, Angelina Jolie referred to her work as "twofold: I have all that gossip in my life that has gotten so out of control. And my work in Washington and with the U.N. gets people to focus on other things."
As she balanced her acting career, family and humanitarian efforts, Angelina Jolie’s marriage began to experience a great deal of difficulty. Nonetheless, after news came that the actress filed for divorce from Pitt in September 2016, she traveled to Jordan- her fourth trip to the country- and visited the refugee camps in an attempt to explain the Syrian crisis.
Following the highly publicized split, Angelina Jolie’s first appearance had been the time when she recorded a clip for the International Criminal Court as she showed her advocacy for a child safety policy. In an interview with BBC World News, the mother-of-six shared how she wanted her humanitarian work to impact her children.
“Everything I do I hope is that I represent something, and I represent the right things to my children, and give them the right sense of what they're capable of, and the world as it should be seen,” Angelina Jolie said, while adding: "Not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life, but really take them into the world, where they have a really good sense and become rounded people."
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