Angelina Jolie says something needs to be done about war zone sexual violence.
The “First They Killed My Father” filmmaker addressed her fellow filmmakers at the Fighting Stigma Through Film festival in London on Friday. The festival features filmmakers from 14 different countries and 35 movies about survivors of war zone rape and sexual violence in conflict.
“I can only imagine the kind of difficulties that many of you have faced to get to this point in your lives,” Jolie told filmmakers at the British Film Institute. “From the start, PSVI has been about bringing together survivors, civil society and legal experts with [the] government to work together to affect change.”
“Not government telling civil society or survivors what needs to be done, but listening to and supporting the voices of the people most directly involved,” Jolie continued. “I hope we will be working on this for many years to come,” Jolie told the audience at the BFI, adding that it was crucial to allow “the voices who set the agenda to be those of the survivors themselves.”
The festival is part of Jolie’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict (PSVI) campaign. The “Salt” actress founded the campaign with former British foreign secretary William Hague in 2012.