Angelina Jolie is known more for being the sexier half of Brangelina and her patchwork family, but her luscious lips and film projects are a close second. The latest controversy regarding the actress’s directorial debut flick in Bosnia is about a Muslim woman.
The yet-to-be-titled film is set in Bosnia on the eve of the 1992 Bosnian war, where war crimes and ethnic cleansing left more than 100,000 dead and thousands missing. Many Bosnian-Muslim women were raped by Serbian soldiers; rape was used as a strategic weapon of war. You can find a timeline of Bosnia’s recent and tumultuous history in this Telegraph article.
A focal point in Jolie’s film is a love affair between a Bosnian woman and a Serbian man. Jolie has asked critics to “hold judgment” until the film is released, but rumors have been spreading like wildfire. One claims there is an inter-ethnic rape scene, and there have been objections from women who were sexually assaulted during the conflict: According to the article in Telegraph, “Jolie was accused by two victims’ associations of attempting to ‘falsify the historic truth about the crimes of mass gang rapes of Bosnian women’ by Serbian forces during the war.” Bakira Hasecic, President of the Bosnian Women Victims of War Association, has criticized the subject matter claiming that the plot of the film focuses on the lead female character is essentially “falling in love with her torturer.”