Angelina Jolie may be the goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, but she’s getting no goodwill from an organization of Bosnian rape victims over her new movie.
The yet-to-be-titled film, Jolie’s directorial debut, is “a love story between a Muslim woman and a Serb man set against the background of Bosnia's 1992-1995 inter-ethnic war,” Agence-France Presse reported.
Local Bosnian media, however, said the movie would include the rape of a Bosnian woman by a Serb and a romance between the two, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times in October.
On Monday, a victims group from the war sent a letter to the UNHCR saying Jolie has an “ignorant attitude towards victims” for not meeting with them and explaining what the film is about, according to the AFP report. Women Victims of War says it has documented 25,000 rapes from the conflict.
Jolie has said the film does not contain any rape-love scenario and offered to meet with representatives from the group, Women Victims of War, in Hungary where she is filming most of the movie.
The group has rejected that offer.
"Crimes were committed here, in Bosnia, and we want to meet her here," Bakira Hasecic, the group’s leader, told AFP. "We wanted to talk woman to woman. She should have asked after the victims, come (to Bosnia) before the shooting to hear our voice."
The letter to the UNHCR says Jolie is not living up to the expectations of an ambassador for the organization, a role she has held since 2001.
“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," the letter concludes, according to the AFP report.
The movie was to have been shot in Bosnia but most of the filming was moved to Hungary after the reports of the rape-love scenario surfaced, according to media reports.