Bosnian war victims’ associations call Jolie’s movie an objective, sincere portrayal of the conflict
Source: Gulf News AP
Sarajevo: Bosnian war victims’ associations on Friday hailed Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, a love story set in wartime Bosnia, as an objective and sincere portrayal of the inter-ethnic conflict.
“This movie is deeply moving for the victims who experienced all of these things,” Murat Tahirovic, who heads an association of prisoners of war, told AFP after seeing it in a special screening in Sarajevo. “It is completely objective and it really tells the facts of what happened during the war.”
The movie, In the Land of Blood and Honey, which the Hollywood superstar filmed in 2010, tells the love story of a Muslim woman and a Serb man set against the background of Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war.
The film caused controversy in Bosnia when local media at first speculated that it was the story of a Muslim rape victim who falls in love with her Serb attacker.
The rumours prompted angry reactions from some victims’ organisations, including several who have now praised the film after finally seeing it.