Skjelsbæk’s book provides an excellent basis for understanding the complex topics in the controversy surrounding Angelina Jolie’s new film In the Land of Blood and Honey, offering an outline of the subject from a political-psychological perspective.
As this book and Jolie’s directorial debut show, this subject is now emerging into mainstream public discourse, but remains controversial in the press due to the sensitivity of its subject matter. In the Land of Blood and Honey is a love story set during the Bosnian War of the 1990s, which deals with the horrors that occurred at that time, including war rape, described by the United Nations as ‘a weapon of war and a form of ethnic cleansing’. The film has generally been well received, particularly by many of the women who were victims of war rape in Bosnia at that time. In a December film review in The Guardian, Valerie Hopkins explains that many victims are pleased that Jolie is bringing the matter to the fore, where it was previously swept under the carpet, ensuring that governments can no longer ignore its legacy.
In the Land of Blood and Honey is released in February 2012
Studies from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Series: War, Politics and Experience
This book provides a conceptual framework for understanding war rape and its impact, through empirical examination of the case of Bosnia.
Providing a contextual understanding of sexual violence in war, and situating Bosnian war rape in relation to subsequent conflicts, the book offers a...
Published September 15th 2011 by Routledge