Self-admittedly an unlikely duo, William Hague and Angelina Jolie took to the stage at the End Sexual Violence in Conflict global summit this June to introduce In the Land of Blood and Honey, Jolie’s directorial debut. Wonderland takes a pew.
The Foreign Secretary and Hollywood superstar united during a four-day summit at ExCel London in aid of creating irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict. Angelina Jolie’s gripping and tormented tale of a love story between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian held captive in the camp he oversees illustrated perfectly the role of sexual violence as power play at war. Written, directed and co-produced by Jolie, an audience left the screening bowled over by her capabilities both behind the camera and as a political activist. As intended, we were left in her own words: “More thoughtful towards and understanding of what’s happening in Bosnia”.
Indeed, this is a lady who gets the job done, bringing a wealth of knowledge and great influence to her role as Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Jolie could be seen gliding with an undeniable grace throughout the exhibition which was part of 175 public events in London, at times accompanied by doting hubby, Brad Pitt. A far cry from your average celebrity public appearance, the summit is the result of two years of hard graft and consequently the largest ever of it’s kind.
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Words: Elinor Sigman