Entries in Bosnia (2)


Angelina Jolie Behind the Camera ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’

PRNewsFoto/D'Orazio and Associates(NEW YORK) -- Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie often tackles violence and war in her action films.

But her latest film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, she tackles it in entirely different way, delving into the lives of innocent people caught in the middle of the war in Bosnia in the 1990’s.

For the first time, Jolie stepped behind the camera, writing and directing the film that examines the Bosnian conflict through the eyes of characters witnessing the systematic violence and genocide that enveloped the region for over three years.

“I was thinking and meditating on these international themes of violence against women, lack of intervention, and how human beings are changed and warped by war, and how some people come out stronger and some people are truly broken,” Jolie told This Week anchor Christiane Amanpour, who covered the conflict in the 1990′s. “There’s no safe way to tackle these subject matters, but I think the important thing is to discuss them and tackle them.”

While the United States was heavily involved and finally ended the Bosnian conflict in 1995, the war that raged for more than three years in the heart of Europe was considered one of the greatest collective failures of international diplomacy since World War II.

While Jolie is a Hollywood star known more for her high-profile film roles and her relationship and family with actor Brad Pitt, she says those who know her well know that tackling such a serious subject matter as the Bosnian war is not out of character.

Jolie serves as a Goodwill ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jolie did extensive research for In the Land of Blood and Honey, pouring through articles and photos to try to capture individual stories from the conflict.

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Angelina Jolie's Controversial War Movie Gets Green Light

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(BELGRADE, Serbia) -- A Bosnian Romeo and Juliette -- war, romance, trouble -- Angelina Jolie's directorial debut movie, which had seemed to be in political trouble, is expected to get a new permit to film in Bosnia after officials revoked initial concerns about the script, a local producer told ABC News.

Jolie is expected to arrive in Bosnia in late November to begin filming the movie, said Edin Sarkic, director of Scout, the Bosnian production house working on the movie.

Although no celebrity has done more to try to soothe the wounds in the Balkans, Angelina Jolie found herself in the difficult position of reopening those wounds with her new project, which is set against the backdrop of Bosnian war.

After word began to circulate that the film would depict not only the rape of a Bosnian Muslim woman by a Serb but also a romance between the two, a backlash erupted.

Bakira Hasecic, a rape victim and president of the Women Victims of War Association in Sarajevo, lodged a protest with the minister of culture, objecting to the romantic plotline.

The ministry then realized that it had not gotten a copy of the movie script, as is required by Bosnian law, but only a synopsis of the plot, and it revoked the shooting permit.

Jolie has so far resisted giving specifics about the movie's plot, but said she was aware of the still-raw emotions.

The American film star is not expected to fill an on-screen role.

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