Academy-Award winning actor and world-renown philanthropist, Angelina Jolie, is set to make her directorial debut but her film has already caused controversy since production began. Bosnian rape victims are the latest to be upset over the film.
Jolie makes her feature film directorial debut with a yet-to-be-titled picture that surrounds a love story between a female Muslim detainee and a Serbian prison guard set during the Bosnian War. Rade Serbedzija, Branko Djuric and Dolya Gavanski are set to star in the film but that’s all what has been confirmed thus far.
According to Agence-France Presse, Bosnian rape victims are slamming Jolie as “ignorant” and have written a letter to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) by stating that they are deeply concerned over the film. It was rumored that the film is about the woman falling in love with the man who raped her.
“Angelina Jolie's ignorant attitude towards victims says enough about the scenario and gives us the right to continue having doubts about it,” wrote the Women Victims of War (WVW). “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. 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.”
CNN reports that Jolie has denied that the film is a rape love story and has offered to meet WVW representatives during shooting in Hungary where most of the filming is taking place. However, the WVW has rejected Jolie’s offer.
WVW association head, Bakira Hasecic, stated, reports the Guardian, that Jolie should have asked the victims to meet her in Bosnia prior to shooting “to hear our voice.” She added that a love story in such a camp would have been impossible: “Such an interpretation is causing us mental suffering.”
More information on the untitled film can be viewed here.