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The Women Victims of War — who faced sexual violence during the 1990s conflict– wrote a letter to the United Nations refugee agency, for which Jolie is a goodwill ambassador, that read, “Angelina Jolie’s ignorant attitude towards victims says enough about the scenario and gives us the right to continue having doubts about it.”
“The absolute majority of the people, population, the cast, prime minister, president have been extremely supportive,” she went on, adding that 95% of the film’s cast had lived through the war.
Jolie asked that the women hold their judgment until they have seen the movie, which features a love story between a Bosnian woman and Serbian man.
“There are many twists in the plot that address the sensitive nature of the relationship between the main characters,” she said.
Jolie explained that she originally decided to write a screenplay to highlight her frustration with the length of time it takes the international community to intervene in conflicts.
“It kept leaning toward Yugoslavia at the time, I wanted to learn more about it and the people, the more I read and learnt I was drawn to that part of the world,” she said. “I met artists from that part of the world and found they were extraordinary for what they’d gone through, so I wanted to give them a platform.”
This isn’t the first hurdle Jolie has faced regarding this movie. After rumors of a rapist love story surfaced in October, a group of Bosnian War rape victims pressured city officials to withdraw Jolie’s filming permit.
After the country’s minister of culture read the script, the permit was reinstated.
Still, Jolie cut the shooting schedule from 10 days to three and moved certain scenes to Hungary instead earlier this month.
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