Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and partner Brad Pitt took center stage in the District Tuesday to showcase her latest film at the Holocaust Museum.
"In the Land of Blood and Honey" is a new wartime drama about the injustices of the Bosnian War, written and directed by Jolie. The film is her directorial debut.
Jolie is almost as famous for her humanitarian work around the globe as she is for her Oscar-winning performances.
"I was 17 when [the conflict] started and I felt I should know more," Jolie said. "I was ashamed at how little I knew about the conflict."
The drama tells the love story of a Bosnian woman thrown in a rape camp and the Serbian soldier she loves, trying valiantly to protect her.
It was during her travels as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador that Jolie took note of what she calls the horrors that unfolded.
I fell in love with the people and felt that their story needed to be told, Jolie said.
Jolie chose the Holocaust Museum as a fitting backdrop for the screening.
"I was looking through the exhibit before I stepped out here and it's hard not to be moved," Jolie said. "It's fitting. Sadly it's very fitting for our film."
The film's major stars are all Bosnian, as Jolie wanted to keep the film as authentic as possible.
When asked about her stay so far in D.C., lead actress Zana Marjanovic really liked Georgetown.
"It's quite a lovely experience and we're enjoying it," Marjanovic said.