Angelina Jolie Gets the Boot From Bosnia
Angelina Jolie's humanitarian efforts might be welcome in Bosnia. Her movie production, however, is another matter.
Authorities in Bosnia have revoked permission for the Salt beauty to film her directorial debut there, following complaints from a women's war victim group who took exception to the movie's plot.
The war-torn country's Women Victims of War Association lodged a complaint after hearing that the film, described as a romance set in the Bosnian war of the early '90s, would focus on a Muslim woman who falls in love with her rapist. Bakira Hasecic, the association's leader, says of the movie's reported plot,
"This is misleading history. Among thousands of testimonies by women raped during the war, there is not a single one that tells of a love story between a victim and her rapist...We will not allow anyone to falsify our pain."
Announcing the decision to revoke the filming rights, Gavrilo Grahovac, the Culture Minister of the Muslim-Croat Federation, noted,
"They no longer have the authorization to shoot in Bosnia. They will have it if they send us the scenario with a story which will be different from what we have been told by people who read it."
Jolie, who is currently filming scenes for the movie in Hungary, visited Bosnia with her husband Brad Pitt in her capacity as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations' refugee agency, the UNHCR. After meeting with displaced war victims, Jolie announced,
"After seeing these people and hearing their stories, I cannot overemphasise the need to focus on the well-being of the most vulnerable individuals of the population...[B]y ending displacement and ensuring quality of life, we can help to promote progress and long-term stability."
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