Pre-Screening of New Angelina Jolie Film

On December 1, 2011, Executive Director, Ajla Delkic and Intern, Tyler Branscome attended the official Washington, D.C. pre-screening of the highly anticipated first feature film and directorial debut of actress Angelina Jolie titled "In the Land of Blood and Honey." The pre-screening was held at the Motion Picture Association of America and featured the Bosnian version of the film with English subtitles. The audience, which included Bosnian-American women, was able to provide feedback after the film to the Endeavour Group, an organization that has been working with Ms. Jolie in promoting this film.

"In the Land of Blood and Honey" is a powerful film that takes place during the 1990's war of aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The film is a powerful portrayal of the lives of Bosnians affected by the war. The motion picture focused a great deal on the plight of women during the Bosnian war and in particular on victims and survivors of rape camps. Rape was used as a tool of war and left many women and their families with permanent psychological and physical scars. Over 50,000 Bosniak women were raped during the war in Bosnia in order to ethnically cleanse the population of non-Serbs. Ms. Jolie directed this movie in hopes to bring attention back to BiH and to the survivors of the rape camps who to this day have not received proper justice. We hope that this movie will bring forth the issues of justice for victims of the war and remind policymakers of the need for continued engagement by the international community in BiH.