Angelina Jolie Called 'Ignorant' by Bosnian War Victims

Angelina Jolie Called 'Ignorant' by Bosnian War Victims-photo

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.



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    I have been in bosnia and herzegovina few times; i live in neighbour country, and let me tell you:have you seen devastation that war brought to people there, have you heard what was done to women there-YES, YOU WOULD ALSO THINK SHE IS IGNORANT.

  • Ligaya Lucero
    Ligaya Lucero

    When Jolie announced this project she clearly said that the love story starts BEFORE the war, not during it. She and her local producers have repeatedly made this clear, including submitting the script for inspection - which in the U.S. would be called a violation of free speech and artistic freedom. The WVW made their unfounded charges - that the film was about a rape victim falling in love with her rapist - an international issue WITHOUT HAVING READ THE SCRIPT, fact-checking with the local producers or Jolie. The Women Victims of War isn't the only organization representing Bosnian victims and can't speak for all of them. Google AFP's article, "Rape survivors of Bosnian war split over who can tell story," by Katarina Subasic (AFP) – Oct 28, 2010. excerpt: "One association [WVW] and one woman cannot speak in the name of all women," said Enisa Salcinovic of the Association of Concentration Camp Torture Survivors (ACCTS) of the Sarajevo area. Also, "...chafed local filmmakers, who strongly denounced what they said were government attempts to censor what a movie could show." Bosnian local and internal political jockeying are involved in this. In my opinion, the film and Jolie herself are almost incidental - just an opportunity for the politics to play out. And now the UNHCR is being dragged into it

  • Ligaya Lucero
    Ligaya Lucero

    Angelina Jolie isn’t ignorant about the subject – besides studying & reading extensively on it as well as being briefed by UNHCR staff - she’s gone to this area on 3 separate UNHCR missions, including Kosovo, over several years. She’s visited refugee camps and talked with women refugees – who inspired her and gave her the idea for this movie. She most recently visited earlier this year and was credited by the camp with the U.S. coming through with a donation for housing. The fact that Jolie committed to using local actors & crew said much about her respect for their talent and to making the film as authentic as possible - not just helicoptering in American actors & crew. The local film-industry (actors & crew members) in the whole area – Serbs, Croats, Montenegrans, etc. – are happy to work at all, and film locations like Hungary are happy for the economic boost. After her 30 missions in 20 countries since 2001 and donating millions $$$, and acting as their spokesperson on World Refugee Day as well as lobbying in Congress and other forums, will the UNHCR agree with the WVW that Jolie no longer has credibility?