Transnational celebrity activism in Bosnia and Herzegovina: local responses to Angelina Jolie's film In the Land of Blood and Honey

Volcic, Zala and Erjavec, Karmen (2014) Transnational celebrity activism in Bosnia and Herzegovina: local responses to Angelina Jolie's film In the Land of Blood and Honey. European Journal of Cultural Studies, OnlineFirst 3: 1-20. doi:10.1177/1367549414526728

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Author Volcic, Zala
Erjavec, Karmen
Title Transnational celebrity activism in Bosnia and Herzegovina: local responses to Angelina Jolie's film In the Land of Blood and Honey
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Transnational celebrity activism in Bosnia and Herzegovina: local responses to Angelina Jolie's film In the Land of Blood and Honey
Journal name European Journal of Cultural Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1367-5494
1460-3551
Publication date 2014-04-15
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1367549414526728
Open Access Status
Volume OnlineFirst
Issue 3
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article focuses on the local understandings, responses and interpretations of celebrity activist Angelina Jolie and the film she directed in 2011 about the war rapes in Bosnia and Herzegovina: In the land of Blood and Honey. We first provide a brief historical context of the production and promotion of the film. Next, we offer a theoretical approach to the phenomenon of celebrity activism. In the third part, we look at how Jolie’s film has been received and interpreted in the region itself, since Jolie’s stated goal was to ‘raise awareness about war rapes’. On the basis of in-depth interviews with Bosnian public intellectuals, we argue that the film’s story of war rapes and suffering did little to raise awareness about war rape victims generally and was interpreted primarily within two discursive frameworks: celebrity and ethno-nationalistic ones that tend to reinforce the status quo in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina and perpetuate misunderstandings about war crimes. Jolie’s activism, in other words, did not contribute to the reconciliation between different ethnicities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but has, on the contrary, further fostered polarization that continues to plague the region.
Keyword Angelina Jolie
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Celebrity activism
Cinema
War rapes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print April 15, 2014

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