Rape Victims to Angie: Don't Tell Our Stories

Bosnian women insist their experiences can't be filmed
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2010 10:59 AM CDT
UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie, left, and Brad Pitt, second from left in foreground, visit a Bosnian Muslim refugee near Sarajevo, Monday, April 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/Amel Emric, Pool)

(Newser) – Angelina Jolie’s upcoming film has already created quite a stir in Bosnia—so much so that her permit to film there was revoked. Now, the Independent talks to Bosnian rape victims who are begging Jolie to leave their stories alone. The rumor is that Jolie’s film will center on the love story between a Serbian rapist and his Muslim victim during the Balkan war, and though Jolie’s camp denied it, they have yet to clarify the plot.

“What we have gone through cannot be filmed,” says one victim who now heads a women’s association and is now trying to bring the rapists to justice. “I'm doing all this to prevent our ordeal from ever happening again ... but revenge leads nowhere.” Says another, who was raped in front of her children, “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.”

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