The Vancouver Sun, reports that Bosnian women's groups are continuing to protest Angelina Jolie's directorial debut. Her film which is set during Bosnia's ethnic war tells the story of a Bosnian prisoner who falls for her Serbian guard, and an unlikely love affair ensues.
Controversy has been brewing since a Bosnian paper falsely reported that the story was based upon a woman falling in love with her rapist. This is completely false as no scene exists in the script. Jolie went so far as to forward a copy to local women's groups as proof. The victims of sexual violence during the war are still unsettled, and have gone so far as to send a letter to the United Nations claiming Jolie has lost her credibility as an ambassador and that they are “deeply concerned” about the film stating:
“As far as we are concerned, a love story could not have existed in a camp. Such an interpretation is causing us mental suffering.” So, apparently, they're upset with the general premise here, regardless of whether there's rape or not. Estimates place the number of women raped during the war at around 20,000. It is not known how many more were dehumanized, murdered or tortured in camps.
"Angelina Jolie's ignorant attitude towards victims says enough about the scenario and gives us the right to continue having doubts about it," the Women Victims of War [WVW] association said in a letter published Monday.
"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 said. "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," it concluded.