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Angelina Jolie is the target of more criticism over her feature directorial debut, a love story set during the Bosnian War.
The actress — who recently cut short the film’s shoot after rumors that it portrayed a relationship between a rapist and his victim sparked protests — was called “ignorant” on Monday by a group of women who were victims of sexual violence during the 1990s war, the AFP reported.
In a letter to the United Nations refugee agency, for which Jolie is a goodwill ambassador, the Women Victims of War said its members are “deeply concerned about the movie.” PHOTOS: Brad Pitt’s premiere.
“Angelina Jolie’s ignorant attitude towards victims says enough about the scenario and gives us the right to continue having doubts about it,” the letter read.
After rumors of the rapist love story line surfaced in October, a group of Bosnian War rape victims pressured city officials to withdraw Jolie’s filming permit.
The rumors proved to be untrue, and after the country’s minister of culture read the script — about a Bosnian woman who falls in love with a Serb man — the permit was reinstated. However, Jolie earlier this month cut the shooting schedule from 10 days to three and decided to film some of the scenes originally planned for Bosnia in Hungary instead.
At the time, Jolie said she wanted to meet with the groups that complained to clear up any misunderstanding, but no meeting ever transpired. VIDEO: Movies earning Oscar buzz.
“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,” the WVW letter read.
“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,” the letter concluded.
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