by Allyson Koerner
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Yesterday, Angelina Jolie attended the 17th Sarajevo Film Festival in Bosnia, but not just to strut her stuff along the red carpet.

The actress was honored for her longtime acting and charity work. Partner, Brad Pitt, stood alongside Jolie, as she received the Heart of Sarajevo award and a standing ovation.

Jolie, 36, was recognized for her “active engagement in the complexities of the real world.”

As Jolie accepted her award, she expressed to the crowd, “I told Brad in the car I was afraid I was going to cry.”

The film festival started as an act of resistance in 1995, as residents gathered to watch Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction in a basement. “There is no greater example of the strengths of the artists and the festival that began during the war and grew stronger ever year,” she said.

Last year, the actress also visited Bosnia several times as a goodwill ambassador for the UN’s refugee agency.

It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Jolie when it comes to Sarajevo. Her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, takes place in Bosnia and is set during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. 

The license to film in Sarajevo was revoked over rumors that the film featured a rape victim who fell in love with her assistant. It was given back after the rumors were disproved by producers. Jolie also commented that people should “hold judgments until they have seen the film.”

The film tells the story of a love affair between a Bosnian Muslim woman and a Serb on opposite sides of the conflict.

Even after all the challenges, Jolie still was honored for her hard work. The film is to be released on Dec. 23.

About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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