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Angelina Jolie wins back Bosnia film permit

Angelina Jolie
Image caption Jolie is currently shooting the film in Budapest

Actress Angelina Jolie has won back a permit to film her directorial debut in Bosnia, her producer has said.

Permission was withdrawn last week after the government said no screenplay had been attached to the application, as required by law.

Edin Sarkic told Reuters Bosnia's culture minster had been given the script to quash rumours over its alleged controversial content.

He added Jolie and her crew would now begin filming in Sarajevo next month.

"I can now start preparations for the shooting, which I had to stop last week," Sarkic said.

"It's a big thing for Bosnia that such a mega, mega star is coming to Sarajevo."

The Association of Women Victims of War had objected to the film after rumours it featured a Muslim rape victim who falls in love with her Serbian assailant.

Bakira Hasecic, leader of the association, told The Associated Press that she had tried to meet Jolie since August, when she first heard about the film's possible plot.

"We expect to meet with her now finally and we hope she will convince us that what we were suspecting and what we were afraid of is not true," she said.

Jolie said in a written statement last week it would be a shame if "unfair pressure based on wrong information" prevented her crew from shooting her film.

"My hope is that people will hold judgment until they have seen the film," said added.

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