Angelina Jolie is typically praised for her acting and her charitable work, but the star has recently been on the receiving end of some serious criticism. Jolie is currently working on her directorial debut which is described as a “Bosnian love story,” and the natives of the country are up in arms about it. They’ve tried everything to stop the novice director from filming there and completing the movie, but according to Reuters Jolie plans to continue her work.
The film centers on a love story between a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman, but some thought it was about a rape victim who falls in love with her attacker, which had the people of Bosnia more than a little upset. The Bosnian advocacy group Women Victims of War wrote a letter to the United Nations High Council on Refugees (Jolie is one of their ambassadors) stating that they were deeply concerned by the film. They even said that Jolie’s attitude towards the subject matter was “ignorant.”
Jolie responded by saying, “There’s one person who has a gripe. The absolute majority of the people, population, the cast, prime minister, president have been extremely supportive.” Despite the adversity it sounds like Jolie is keeping her head up during this trying time.
What do you think of Jolie’s film premise? Are the people of Bosnia overreacting?
Additional Source: EW