Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Angelina's Bosnia film blocked

Angelina Jolie was set to start making her film, which she says is a love story

Angelina Jolie has been banned from filming her new movie in Bosnia-Herzegovnia for the time being.

The Oscar-winning actress was due to direct her first film, which she describes as a love story set in the Bosnian war of 1992-1995, about a Bosnian Muslim woman who falls for a Serbian soldier.

But Bosnia's Federal Ministry of Culture have abruptly withdrawn permission for her to film in the country, citing incomplete paperwork. Their decision came amid protests from a women's war victims association claiming that the love story is between a woman and a Serbian who rapes her.

The country's culture minister Gavrilo Grahovac said: "We will only give them a permit to film if we can see the script and it shows us the story is not one that insults Bosnian women, victims of war."

Bakira Hasecic, president of the Women Victims of War association, claimed that "in the film, a victim is really falling in love with her torturer".

She added the film should not be shot in Bosnia "because of the script which offends a female war victim and distorts the truth about what that woman has suffered in a detention camp".

But Angelina has written a letter that was read to the women's group by the local envoy of the UNHCR, Naveed Hussain, in which the Hollywood beauty said: "Don't judge me before you see the film."

Edin Skakic of Sarajevo-based Scout Films, which has been in charge of pre-production for the project in Bosnia, said the screenplay had now been given to the culture minister.

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