In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)


In the Land of Blood and Honey is Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut. The story follows an unfortunate love set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War.

Angie won’t be in the film, but she has employed local actors for greater authenticity, so it should look relatively realistic. The story, while mostly kept under wraps, is about a Bosnian-Muslim woman who falls in love with a Bosnian War Criminal.

Just like how my parents met!

In the Land of Blood and Honey

I should clarify. My parents are from South Dakota, and neither is a war criminal. As far as I know.

Anyways, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the film, as many people protested the Muslim woman falling in love with a man who represents a group of people who very harshly treated Muslims. So it’s a sort of star-crossed lovers thing. But with tanks.

In the Land of Blood and Honey Trailer

In the Land of Blood and Honey Release Date

December 23, 2011.


Who’s In It?

Rade Serbedzija
Zana Marjanovic … Ajla
Nikola Djuricko
Goran Kostic … Danijel
Branko Djuric
Dolya Gavanski … Maida
Fedja Stukan
Irena Mulamuhic … Bosnian Woman
Jasna Beri
Milos Timotijevic
Jelena Jovanova
Goran Jevtic
Levente Törköly … Serbian Officer No. 2.
Boris Ler
Alma Terzic
Dado Jehan … Band Leader

What’s Good About It?

The trailer for In the Land of Blood and Honey looks really good, and I like a combination of love, war, and criminals.

What’s Bad About It?

There might be more controversy than quality. I worry that too much of the feedback for the film is righteous indignation, and if it wasn’t a hot button story, it might be a rather bland story.

Our Clever Prediction

I actually think Angelina Jolie has done a great job (based on the trailer) of proving herself as a director with In the Land of Blood and Honey. The story looks gripping, with enough room for the actors to do a great job. I see a couple Oscar nominations in it’s future.


  1. Did Angelina Jolie use (steal) this book (The Soul Shattering in English) written by the Bosnian-Croatian author James J. Braddock a.k.a Josip J. Knežević, as the story platform for her movie In The Land of Blood and Honey?

    Did she totally miss the truth and core of that genocidal war against Bosnia and her people?

    Why was she banned from filming in Bosnia by the most influental organization of women – victims of the war?

    Did she rewrite history and offended thousands of women and other innocent victims of the Serbian aggression on Bosnia & Herzegovina?

    Should American women and human rights organizations get involved?

  2. Whenever she touches a serious subject, she sucks at it. She should stick to looking pretty, flashing her aging hooters and being a good girl.

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