Angelina Jolie has decided to film most scenes of her Bosnian war movie outside that battle-scarred nation, after she continued to face threats from Bosnian women over what they claimed was a story about rape.
A Bosnian women’s group has been campaigning against the film based on their belief that it will portray a Bosnian rape victim falling in love with her Serbian rapist.
The country endured a brutal war between 1992 and 1995 that involved atrocities and mass genocide.
The war is rooted in thousands of years of hatred stemming back to the Muslim invasion of the region. Today, Bosnians are mostly Muslim while Serbs are mostly Christian.
Jolie’s producer said the film actress had originally planned to shoot for about ten days in Bosnia.
But now she will cut filming to just three or four days, and Jolie herself will only briefly visit the set, her producer said.
Bosnian officials briefly suspended the film’s permit in October in the face of protest. But reinstated it after being assured that the movie was a love story and did not involve rape.
The permit was renewed but protests have continued. Now, several scenes will be filmed in Hungary.
Jolie works as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, and has been to the region several times to examine the plight of refugees from the war.
She plans to meet with women’s groups during her visit to discuss their concerns.