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Angelina Jolie film shown in Sarajevo

Angelina Jolie’s Bosnian war movie In the Land of Blood and Honey was screened in Sarajevo last night.

The popular actress’ controversial directorial debut consists of love story between a Serbian man and Muslim woman that is set in war-torn Bosnia. Understandably, the film has received a mixed reaction, with some saying that it is a realistic depiction of catastrophic events. Certain members of the audience became too emotional as they watched it, due to being reminded of the shocking horrors of the conflict.

Sabira Sokolovic told reporters that the movie is incredibly realistic while also being moving and too hard to watch for anyone who was in the region during the war, such as herself.  Another viewer, Rukija Vrckalo, told of how the movie made her speechless and also sick. When the grenades were exploding, she felt as though the war was still going on.

Seid Karic, a pensioner, added that a lesson for the next generation can be gained and that every inhabitant of Bosnia should see Jolie’s effort. Initially, the film sparked controversy when it was revealed how a story of an Islamic rape victim falling in love with her attacker, a Serb, would be told.

Although the new director later had the permit handed back to her, most of the movie had to be shot in neighbouring Hungary. The vast majority of the audience in Sarajevo were Bosnian Muslims, of which over 100,000 were murdered during the three year conflict that ran from 1992-95.

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