Angelina Jolie Visits Refugee Camps
1. Anne of Carversville founding muse and UNHCR (United Nations Human Rights Council) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie recently visited internally displaced Iraqis living in an informal settlement and a formal camp at Khanke, near Dohuk. There, she heard dramatic stories of escape from the more than 20,000 Yazidis who fled Sinjar and surrounding areas last August.
As always, Jolie touches directly and empathetically the people in these endless refugee camps strung around the world. This was her fifth visit to Iran. There are 3.3 million displaced people in Iraq, says UNHCR, with 2,1 million people uprooted in 2014 alone.
In Syria more than 3.8 million people have fled to neighboring countries like Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, where 20% of the population is now Syrian refugees. Within Syrian borders another 7.6 million people have been displaced.
In Iraq, the UNHCR says it’s received only 53 percent of the $337million it needs for the crisis.
Angelina Jolie Most Admired Woman, With Malala Yousafzai Following
2. Jolie’s involvement with refugee camps for many years is part of the reason the celebrated mother of six, wife to Brad Pitt, actor and director, philanthropist and activist, and Smart Sensuality humanitarian without equal was named the most admired woman in the world.
YouGov UKconducted the poll across 23 countries with over 25,000 people voting.
Pakistan’s Dawnnewspaper covered Malala Yousafzai’s second place position behind Angelina in the results. US First Lady Michelle Obama followed Malala.
Angelina Jolie As Empathetic Director
Angelina Jolie, director of ‘Unbroken’ with war hero Louis Zamperini, who died before the film was released.3. Angelina Jolie ate little while directing ‘Unbroken’. Japanese actor Miravi explained to the Daily Mail that as Jolie directed the actors playing inmates and prisoners of war to lose weight in an effort to reflect the harsh conditions of life in captivity, she stopped eating, too.
Actor Jack O’Connell was Jolie’s leading man playing the story of Louis Zamperini, who spent two years in a prisoner of war camp. Jack told the Daily Mail:
‘I really respect her professionalism, her attitude towards the creation – she’s so determined and passionate. It was intense on set but with her motivation and attitude we were on the same page.’
The actor revealed that Jolie tried out all of his stunts, which included spending hours supporting the weight of a heavy wooden plank above his head.
‘She did test out all of my stunts before I had to do them. The plank – I’m not sure if that can be regarded as a stunt – but, in any case, she was under it before I turned up on set.
Brad Pitt for ‘Africa’?
4. Angelina Jolie has revealed that husband Brad Pitt is currently involved in negotiations with Skydance to play paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey in her upcoming elephant poaching film ‘Africa’, which Jolie will direct.
Jolie will sit in the director’s chair in a collaboration that will also feature ‘acclaimed cinematographer’ Roger Deakins, who worked with Jolie on ‘Unbroken’. The script is written by Eric Roth.
A Passionate Jolie For ‘By the Sea’
Pitt and wife Jolie recently teamed on her third feature as a director, ‘By the Sea.’ They first worked together on “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”
Jolie not only stars in and directs ‘By the Sea’. She is also the producer and wrote the screenplay for the romantic drama, set in France during the mid-1970s.
“I chose to set By the Sea in the 1970s, not only because it is a colorful and alluring era, but because it removes many of the distractions of contemporary life and allows the focus to remain squarely on the emotions that the characters experience in their journey,” Jolie said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.