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November 02, 2010 | By


The Balkan War of 1992 left many women in trauma. Repeated days of rape, violence and torture still ring in the heads of these women - most now in their fifties - who experienced pain relentlessly from Serbian soldiers who had broken into their homes with weapons and intent to harm. "My only thought was to stay alive because of my children and live enough to point at that man's face any time, before any court," Enisa Salcinovic, 58, said. Enisa now heads the Association of Concentration Camp Torture Survivors (ACCTS) in Sarajevo, "one of several NGOs that gather together some 20,000 women, all victims of rape in Bosnian war that ended 15 years ago." These women are survivors, but most are still in therapy dealing with the aftermath of their trauma.

According to The Independent, Angelina Jolie wants to bring these stories to Hollywood. The actress will begin filming, scriptwriting and directing the so-far untitled project in Sarajevo next month. Jolie's story is about a Serbian rapist who falls in love with his Muslim "victim". Maybe this story seems like one Jolie might like to bring to the hearts of American cinema, but Bosnian rape survivors want their stories to be kept quiet.

"What we have gone through can not be filmed," said Bakira Hasecic, the 55-year-old head of the Women Victims of War (WVW) association. "I'm doing all this to prevent our ordeal from ever happening again... but revenge leads nowhere."

The Independent's Vesna Peric Zimonjic points out that this is not the first time Hollywood has abused tourism for the sake of big budget films. Julia Roberts angered villagers in India when she was filming "Eat, Pray, Love" by interrupting a major religious festival. Mike Myers "undermined religious sentiment" while filming campy, comedy "The Love Guru" in India. And of course, Sacha Baron pushed it to far with "Borat". Residents of the Romanian village, Glod, said the film made them look "like savages" and attempted to sue. The case was dismissed.

How should this issue be settled? Should Jolie be allowed to film? On one hand, as survivors these women should be respected if they are requesting privacy on the issue. Obviously the things they went through were awful and who wants to see their most intimate, terrifying moments replayed on a big screen. However, perhaps the film could bring positive awareness to the issue like Hotel Rwanda? Either way, it seems that Jolie better stop and think before she films. You would assume someone who portrays herself as an activist and advocate for marginalized communities (especially those women and children outside of North America) would be concerned with the opinions of the people involved. Then again, Hollywood is cut throat and Jolie has always managed to come out on top in four-inch heels and a perfect smile.

What do you think? Should Jolie shoot?

Via: The Independent

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