The top news in Bosnia and around the world these days is how Bosnia’s Federal Minister of Culture denied Angelina Golie the right to film in Sarajevo. Her new movie is a love story between a Serb and a Bosniak woman. The Bosniak woman is a rape victim and the Serb is the man in charge of the concentration camp. The synopsis does not specify whether he raped her but it was enough for war victims and especially rape victims in Bosnia and Herzegovina to voice their protest. The public in Bosnia was divided: one side supported the victims protest headed by Bakira Hasecic of “Woman- Victims of War” and the rest were in support of Angelina’s film. Some claimed that the film should not be criticized before one gets to watch it while others called upon “artistic freedom”.
Several things should be noted about this whole case:
- A large number of Bosnian actors have been selected to play roles in this film so it is not in their interest that such a film gets bad publicity.
- The Federal Minister of Culture is the only politician who supported the victim groups. He left Haris Silajdzic’s Party for Bosnia and Herzegovina a few months ago, so since elections are over and the possibility for him to stay in politics in quite low – he is trying to made a good impression before he leaves office.
- Serbian PINK TV refused to cooperate with Angelina supposedly because the film is “anti-Serb”. Keep in mind that whenever something is called “anti-Serb” it means that it shows the true nature of the Bosnian war.
- Angelina was portrayed by many Bosnians including the Sarajevo Cantonal Minister of Culture as a “proven friend of Bosnia”. It’s hard to believe that somebody who spent 48 hours in a country can become a friend that fast. Meanwhile, the remembrance of Bosnia’s true friends such as Congressman Frank McCloskey (I doubt the Minister has ever heard of him) has not been welcomed by some.
- Several Bosnian directors defended Angelina’s film calling it ‘’artistic freedom’’. However, I doubt that anyone of them would film a love story between a Nazi officer and a Jewish woman.
Judging from the synopsis, the thing which bothers me the most is that the Serb is the camp commander(it is not clear if he raped her). No love story can be made between a camp commander and a raped woman. Rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina was systematic and organized. It was headed and coordinated by camp commanders. Bosnian directors should finally make a film which would portray the truth about the genocidal rape of Bosniaks from 1992-95.