Angelina Jolie responds to criticism of her upcoming Bosnia-set film
Angelina Jolie responded to criticisms of her upcoming directorial debut, a still-untitled love story about a Serbian man and a Bosnian Muslim woman set just before the 1992-1995 war. “There’s one person who has a gripe,” she told Reuters. “The absolute majority of the people, population, the cast, prime minister, president have been extremely supportive.”
Others are less supportive, however. The Bosnian advocacy group Women Victims of War wrote a letter to the United Nations High Council on Refugees — for which Jolie is a goodwill ambassador — saying that Jolie’s attitudes were “ignorant,” and that its members were “deeply concerned” about the upcoming movie. According to Agence France-Presse, controversy began when reports surfaced that Jolie’s film included a storyline about a Muslim rape victim who falls for her Serbian rapist — a rumor Jolie denied, as did the Bosnian production company.