As If I Am Not There relates one woman’s experience of the horrors that took place at the beginning of the Bosnian War. Disturbing and powerful, the film is an important testament to the survivors of the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia.
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An astounding and moving performance by Natasha Petrovic anchors this fine film looking at the horrors perpetrated on women during the Bosnian war. Director Wilson based the film on real stories recorded during the Hague tribunal following the war and the authenticity and emotional truth stand out. Also of note is the turn by Fedja Stukan as the captain who feels he is also doing what it takes to survive. Harrowing.
Bosnia in the 1990's and we follow a young girl who takes a summer job teaching in a remote village only to find herself swept up in the horror of men during wartime. It's very well photographed and the lead puts in a fantastic performance yet the script is lacking depth and we unfortunately come away feeling like we've seen it all before. 2.5 stars
Addresses the use of rape in times of war with sensitivity. This is a film about one girl's struggle to survive brutal and dehumanizing conditions while held in a camp during the Bosnian war in the 1990s. Juanita Wilson is a director to watch. It's unfortunate she hasn't released a feature film since this one. I look forward to the films she will, hopefully, make in the future.
Guerra de los Balcanes: limpieza étnica, campos de concentración, genocidio, violaciones sistemáticas. Dilema moral: ¿debo abortar? Es fácil oponerse al aborto desde la comodidad de la academia, el púlpito o un Starbucks; pero ante la brutalidad que sufre la protagonista, uno no debería juzgar tan dogmáticamente. Son muchas las películas sobre la guerra en los Balcanes. Esta es, sin duda, una muy buena. @VenusReyJr
Mujeres que libran la guerra en el territorio del propio cuerpo. Magnífica dirección, no se necesita ver la sangre y el horror de las ejecuciones y los bombardeos, el terror está en el sobresalto cada vez que se abre la puerta. Solo una mujer podría entender esos gestos, esos silencios y trasladarlos a la pantalla con la precisión de una bala, apuntando en el centro del patriarcado que toma a las mujeres como botín.
A harshly realistic film about the terrors a group of women, with Samira (Natasha Petrovic) as our guide, endures during the Bosnian war. A tough watch, but powerful and necessary and not skimping on complexities either. One of those great films I only want to see once.
Today, as I was watching this film, the ICC - in a landmark ruling - finally recognized rape as a war crime - an acknowledgement that gendered sexual violence is not simply a by-product of conflict but a weapon of war. Bit by bit, with these films, these rulings, the reality of countless women is given voice. An important film, well made, sufficiently complex and unflinching. Strong performance by Natasha Petrovic.