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Angelina Jolie Speaks Out Against Rape in War, Joins Brad Pitt for World War Z Premiere in Japan

( [email protected] ) Jul 29, 2013 08:18 AM EDT
Speaking at a special screening of her 2011 movie 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' at the United Nations University in Shibuya on Monday, Jolie said she hoped the film would inspire viewers to take action to help eradicate warzone rape worldwide.


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt wave for fans at the Japanese premiere of World War Z in Tokyo. (Photo:AP)

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrived in Japan, Sunday with three of their six children, Knox, Vivienne and Pax.

Speaking at a special screening of her 2011 movie 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' at the United Nations University in Shibuya on Monday, Jolie hoped the film would inspire viewers to take action to help eradicate warzone rape worldwide.

She also used her trip to lend her support to fiancé Brad Pitt, who flew into town to promote the opening of his new movie World War Z.

The actress has been actively fulfilling her duties as special envoy to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and her speech in Tokyo is part of the "Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative" campaign, launched in conjunction with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

In April this year the G8 nations reached the decision to work together to end sexual violence in conflict.

Jolie said, "Our world is scarred by immense problems from poverty to injustice and war. But your potential as young people is boundless. Problems that have defeated previous generations, you have the chance to overcome."

"This is a vast task and it needs every effort and every level, from government and the UN, to communities and families, down to you - but it is possible." she added.

"This is just a beginning," Jolie said. "Our aim must be to shatter impunity, so that rape can no longer be used as a weapon of war anywhere in the world as it was in Bosnia, and as it is today from Congo to Syria."

"When I started down the road, making this film, I thought only of telling a story and doing my best to try to give a voice to survivors," she said. "But today I am here not only as a director, but as a campaigner, and a part of a global effort that is growing every day." she said.

Jolie's award-winning 2011 film about the war in Bosnia hits Japanese theaters on Aug. 10. The fictional tale of a romance between a Bosnian Serb man and a Bosnian Muslim woman won the Producer's Guild of America's Stanley Kramer Award.

In The Land Of Blood & Honey Trailer: