Newsweek, on the other hand, treats her like a filmmaker, and examines her process behind the camera with this Bosnian War love story. Describing the film as "what humans do to other humans to survive," Newsweek's Janine di Giovanni, who herself lived "through the siege of Sarajevo" in the early 1990s, states that she scanned the film with a critical eye for anything inauthentic.
But, she confirms, "It is difficult not to admire Jolie, particularly after watching her film," which she made for $13 million with "a lot of humility." After being either irritated or annoyed by other films about Bosnia, Giovanni "emerged from Jolie’s screening impressed. How could a woman who was only 17 when the conflict in Bosnia erupted in April 1992 have so perfectly captured the horror of a war that focused largely on indiscriminate and brutal attacks on civilians?"
Jolie tells Giovanni, “When I go somewhere, I am always willing to learn about it. I get briefings, I read books, I talk to people. But mainly I try to go somewhere to bring awareness, to come home and pick up the phone and call someone and try to get something done.” That seems to be her impetus in much of the work she does, so why should this be any different? “The people felt as though the world had forgotten them. It was a time of great pain, and I wanted to depict how courageous people were—without offending anyone.”
On ABC News (watch below), Jolie states, "this was the worst genocide since World War II in Europe, and what were we all doing? And did we do enough? And why do we not speak about this enough? And why don't I know enough about this? And so I wanted to learn, I felt a responsibility to learn."