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Saturday 17 February 2018

Jolie's movie a 'wake-up call'

Aida Cerkez in Sarajevo

Angelina Jolie last night said she hoped that her directorial debut, 'In the Land of Blood and Honey', can serve as a "wake-up call" for the international community to pay more attention to atrocities and act in time to prevent them.

The star arrived in Sarajevo with partner Brad Pitt to attend the premiere of her film, which already has been released in the US.

The film tells the fictional tale of a romance between a Bosnian Serb man and a Bosnian Muslim woman.

Ms Jolie said that the movie was "heavy" but that she was happy with it because it showed what horrors could occur in the absence of intervention.

But even before the screening, the movie had already touched off anger left over from the conflict.

Muslim Bosniaks have said they expect 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' to focus on their plight during the brutal 1992-1995 war. But the distributor in the Serb part of Bosnia said he wouldn't show it there because it portrayed Serbs as the villains.

Vladimir Ljevar said: "There is simply no interest. The fact that the Serbs are the bad guys in it is the reason why there is no interest."

But a group of Muslim Bosniaks in the Serb part of the country say they are interested in seeing Ms Jolie's movie and plan to organise private screenings once they make a deal with some other distributor.

Zinaida Mahmuljin of the northwestern town of Kozarac said people there were willing to pay for the screening equipment.

"There is interest here," she said, denying Mr Ljevar's claims.

Murder, torture, rape and other abuses were common during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Irish Independent

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