Angelina Jolie and her enormous engagement ring made their first public appearance since her and Brad Pitt‘s engagement announcement in April. The actress took a break from filming Maleficent in London and arrived in Bosnia on Saturday with three of her children in tow. However, the actress attended the Sarajevo Film Fest alone on July 7th in support of her new film In the Land of Blood and Honey, which she wrote and directed.
The film is described as a dark Bosnian War romance, and E! reports Jolie describing her directorial debut was “the hardest thing I have ever done because of my deep respect for the people that really experienced it. The experience here was so unique for me that I felt very connected to the people.”
At the event Jolie spoke with young actors, writers, directors and critics about her work on screen and off screen. One attendee spoke to Us about the actress, and admitted to being “impressed” by the star’s humanitarian work and her passion to “give something back to underpriviledged people.”
Jolie was also officially named an Honorary Citizen of Sarajevo by the Prime Minister of the Sarajevo Canton, Mr. Fikret Musić. Upon receiving the honor, she spoke of her deep connection to the country: “The time I spent and the people I met in Bosnia have changed me forever. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be named an honorary citizen of Sarajevo, a city so dear to my heart.”