Protests by war victims’ groups have forcedto cut short the filming of her directorial debut in Bosnia, and shoot the remaining scenes at the location in Hungary.
Not only the filming in Bosnia was cut to just a few days, but the first-time director has also been absent from the set. Indeed, though it was announced Jolie would shortly visit the filming crew, the media in the region reported she has already been back to the US this weekend.
The Untitled Love Story, which reportedly portrays a romance between the rapist, a Serbian soldier, and his Muslim victim, has caused a great outrage of the association of women raped during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia.
“…To illustrate, it would be as if you were trying to make a movie Untitled Love Story, using the same screenplay and instead of a Serbian male have a Taliban one, and instead of a Bosniak woman an American one. We believe that the American women would be as worried and as deeply hurt as we will be if your project continues based upon a falsified reality…” reads the letter the Association of Women Victims of War, and the Association of Survivors of Death Camps addressed to Jolie.
In her answer, the Hollywood star looks forward to an opportunity to meet the organizations’ representatives and “clarify any misunderstandings concerning the film that you may have as a result of the misinformation carried by the media”.
“…I wish to confirm my desire to meet with you during my next visit to Sarajevo in November so that I can learn from you personally and have a greater understanding of the suffering and abuses experienced by the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina…” she says.
However, the latest media reports from the region stated Jolie has left Hungary during the last weekend, without paying a short visit to Sarajevo. The shooting of her movie has been finished, so the women’s victims’ organizations will have to wait for its release to see if their protest, that made Jolie skips Sarajevo, was justified.