Angelina Jolie Called ‘Ignorant’ by Bosnian War Victims

By: / November 30, 2010

Angelina Jolie just can’t seem to catch a break with her directorial debut.

The group Women Victims of War (WVW), who initially condemned the Salt actress’ upcoming movie, issued yet another statement on Monday, blasting Jolie as “ignorant.”

In the statement, the association says,

“Angelina Jolie’s ignorant attitude towards victims says enough about the scenario and gives us the right to continue having doubts about it.”

The letter also expresses dismay that Jolie did not honor the association’s request to speak with her prior to beginning production on the film, which is a love story set amid the Bosnian war, in which a Muslim rape victim reportedly falls in love with her Serb attacker:

“We have insisted to meet Angelina Jolie since we don’t want to be wrongly presented in the world . . . Our voices are worthwhile and we should have got much more respect.”

Jolie had initially expressed interest in meeting with the group, but the meeting never took place. The actress invited the group to speak with her in Hungary, but they declined, claiming that they wanted to speak “woman to woman” in Bosnia.

The WVW goes on to question the appropriateness of Jolie’s ambassadorship with the United Nations’ refugee agency, the UNHCR,  in light of her perceived insensitivity:

“Angelina made a big mistake. We feel that she did not act like a real UNHCR ambassador and we believe that she has no more credibility to remain the ambassador.”

Jolie was initially banned from filming in Bosnia due to the WVW’s protests, but was granted permission after providing authorities with a copy of the script. However, Jolie cut the Bosnia shoot short, opting to lens only a few panoramic shots there. So far the bulk of the filming has taken place in Hungary.