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Angelina Jolie Endorses Genocide Film Library

During a visit to Sarajevo on Sunday, July 8th, Angelina Jolie endorsed the Genocide Film Library Bosnia-Herzegovina, a project implemented by the Cinema for Peace Foundation. Speaking with project manager Selma Hadzic, Jolie noted that the project is "valuable and necessary." Ms. Jolie continued, saying that she is "glad to have the opportunity to support this project."
Angelina Jolie Endorses Genocide Film Library

Selma Hadzic and Angelina Jolie

 

Ms. Hadzic briefed Ms. Jolie about the project's recent developments, explaining that hundreds of Srebrenica genocide survivors have already provided testimonies for the Genocide Film Library. Hadzic also noted the Cinema for Peace Foundation's partnership with the Sarajevo Film Festival on the occasion of the Human Rights Day, which is being held this year on July 11th. Ms. Jolie received DVD copies of two testimonies provided by genocide survivors. These two interviews will be part of a total of 10,000, the number of testimonies the Cinema for Peace Foundation plans to film over the next five years.

Angelina Jolie has been supporting justice issues for years and the work of the ICC in The Hague. When she learned about the tragedy in Bosnia-Herzegovina - and how the world had turned a blind eye - she was inspired to write, direct and produce the feature film In the Land of Blood and Honey. Her film was honored at the Cinema for Peace Gala in Berlin this past February, where it received the "Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Movie of the Year", following such films in previous years as "Good Night and Good Luck" by George Clooney or Gus van Sants "Milk", and also the special "Cinema for Peace 10 Years Honorary Award for opposing War and Genocide".

Ms. Jolie has provided critical support for the Genocide Film Library. At the 2012 Gala, both she and Brad Pitt pledged financial support for the project. Jolie also played a role in encouraging the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make the implementation of the Genocide Film Library possible when she, together with the founder of Cinema for Peace Jaka Bizilj, visited  foreign minister Dr. Guido Westerwelle, who presented Germany's support for displaced persons in Bosnia.

To read more about the Genocide Film LIbrary project and the work its doing, visit our project page and watch a video of a Srebrenica genocide survivor tell their story.

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