‘Angelina Jolie touched our souls’ – Bosnia’s rape victims have their say | Film | guardian.co.uk
The claim that Angelina has no right to tell a particular story about war rape is absurd. We can criticise the movie’s artistic dimension, its ideological dimension, but we cannot say she cannot tell a story about victims.”
Becirbasic says that by giving in to Hasečić, the Bosnian government essentially collectivised what should be individual memories of the war, which fosters a culture of collective victimhood to be used for ethno-national political purposes. “It means raped women are only embodied in national metaphors, which makes it easier to manipulate their experiences,” she said. “Unfortunately, I think this cements the trauma much more.” She says that allowing political interference actually took away victims’ sense of empowerment. “We can clearly see that politicians and clerics emerge as spokespersons for women victims, their stories and their rights, and that’s what I call the political exploitation of trauma,” she says.