Angelina Jolie's writing-directing debut in the now Golden Globe nominated film, "In the Land of Blood and Honey" is personal to the Hollywood actress.
The 36-year-old star and mother of six talked about why making the film, a love story that takes place against the backdrop of the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, was important.
SOUNDBITE Angelina Jolie saying (English):
"Because, I didn't at the time because I was too young and living my life. So, this was my generation that went through this in Europe. So, I read more and I learned more and I was so taken by how little I knew, and so little the world speaks about it and I felt compelled to put this story together. Then casting with everyone from the area, all different sides of the conflict, who are all personably affected by the war. It wasn't a normal film experience for me, it was an education everyday in humanity and unity and also getting to know a culture."
Jolie said it was also paramount to find actors who were vested in the story and that there casting added an important element to the film
"In the Land of Blood and Honey" will be released in theaters across North America on December 23.
John Russell, Reuters.