She may have been in town to introduce her movie, but Angelina Jolie used a public forum in Japan to draw attention to a human-rights issue she's passionate about.
The actress, who was in Tokyo Monday to promote the Japanese premiere of her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey, spoke out about sexual violence against women—a key theme in the movie, which is set in war-torn Bosnia.
She also used her trip to Japan to lend her support to fiancé Brad Pitt, who flew into town to promote the opening of his new movie World War Z.
Speaking to the audience at the U.N. University in Tokyo, the actress, dressed simply in a black Michael Kors dress, stressed the importance of her dual role as both filmmaker and advocate.
"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," the actress explained, per The Huffington Post.
"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."
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 a campaign, launched in conjunction with U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague, to put an end to rape and sexual violence in war zones.
"This is just a beginning. 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," Jolie told attendees at the screening of her film, which was released stateside in 2011 but will finally hit Japanese theaters on Aug. 10. The film scored Jolie a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film.
Jolie is following through on her commitment to stay behind the camera these days: For her follow-up, she'll be her directing Unbroken, which tells the true story of a World War II pilot who was taken hostage by Japanese soldiers after crashing into the Pacific Ocean.
She's already hard at work: In July, the actress was spotted scouting for locations in Hawaii.