Angelina Jolie Planning to Direct a Film About the War in Afghanistan

November 28, 2011
Source: CBS

Angelina Jolie

From The Hurt Locker to Green Zone and In the Valley of Elah to documentaries like Restrepo, there have been dozens of films focusing on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The trend has died down for the most part, but a new face to the directing world has an eye on telling a new story heading back to the battleground of the Middle East. CBS (via The Playlist) recently sat down with Angelina Jolie, fresh off her first directing gig behind the camera of the Bosnian War romantic drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, and the actress turned filmmaker revealed that she wants to direct yet another war movie set in Afghanistan.

There aren't any exact quotes from the interview, but Jolie likely has a different eye than many other filmmakers might have with the war. The Playlist points out that the actress' humanitarian work and position as the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees, took her to the country in 2001 where Afghan refugees were fleeing the conflict in and around Pakistan. She visited again in 2008 and this year to keep up on progress in the nation. Obviously her efforts are much more than just a publicity stunt for photo ops, and she may have some stories to tell straight from the refugees themselves. The first trailer for In the Land of Blood and Honey seems to prove that Jolie can handle drama, especially in the setting of international war, but seeing an Afghanistan War film from Jolie likely depends on the success of her feature directorial debut which gets a limited release on December 23rd for an awards qualifying run.

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o please no!

happy camper on Nov 28, 2011


God, why can't she just enjoy being rich and just leave it at that. Sooner her and that baboon of a husband fade into obscurity, the better.

001211 on Nov 28, 2011


I dunno....because she's actually about going out and seeing and trying to help solve the world's problems instead of being a stuck-up Hollywood b**tch? And if you're going to throw that at her....would you have said the same thing about Audrey Heburn, or about George Clooney, or any other actor, male or female, who actually realizes that there is a larger world out there other than the Hollywood glitz and that there's bad shit going on and that someone needs to do something about it--even if it's just getting the world to focus on said problems?

Anonymous on Nov 29, 2011


Guess visiting refugees is just for picking up interesting stories she can use in her movies that make her money.

Poirot on Nov 28, 2011


If she shows the Americans as heroes Hollywood won't release the film. We can't have Americans shown as heroes today in films. 

Jack Marino on Nov 29, 2011


Hate to day it but as an outside observer, self loathing is exactly what America's Hollywood appears to be about these days.  Busting a nut to recharge "white man's guilt" whenever possible, bemoaning imperialism while obfuscating about the horrific state of those countries unfortunate to have not met America's "we can rebuild them into something better" style of imperialism (who wants to wager Ireland doesn't wish it got a Yankee make over like Germany or Japan right about now) and all the while so demure about "the rich" who manage their own movie funds from abroad... "Oops me!" says Angela Jolie.  Hollywood is if anything at least a well documented study in narcissism just waiting for someone to work into a nice thesis and so not at all entirely useless. Tell you what though, these days the idea of actually creating a product that is primarily entertaining seems to be a tertiary concern at its absolute best.

Alan Lucas on Nov 29, 2011


You put a wrinkle in my brain dude.

ur_babys_daddy on Nov 29, 2011


Man, I have never cared about anything this chick does. She is such an uninteresting actor. I don't understand why so many people pay attention to her. Must be those CSL's.

grimjob on Nov 29, 2011

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