As if I Am Not There

As if I Am Not There
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As if I Am Not There
Ireland, 2010, 109 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Macedonia / Sweden
US Premiere
Topics: Drama, War, Woman Director, Women
Program: New Voices/New Visions
Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian English Sub-Titles

A harsh dose of cinematic realism about a harsh time—the Bosnian War of the 1990s—Juanita Wilson’s drama is taken from true stories revealed during the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. Samira (Natasa Petrovic) is a modern schoolteacher in Sarajevo who takes a job in a small country village just as the war is beginning to ramp up. When Serbian soldiers overrun the village, shoot the men and keep the women as laborers (the older ones) and sex objects (the younger ones), Samira is subjected to the basest form of treatment imaginable.

It is a tribute to Wilson’s complete control of her material—as well as to Petrovic’s outstanding acting skills that allow her to convey her innermost feelings and thoughts with just a look—that this unimaginable horror is kept from feeling exploitative. Indeed, Wilson has done something rarely seen before—effectively convey the horrors of war from the point of view of a woman. This alone makes As If I Am Not There an important work. That it will stay with you for weeks points to Wilson’s artistry and integrity.

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DIRECTOR: Juanita Wilson
Producer: James Flynn, Nathalie Lichtenthaeler, Karen Richards
Editor: Nathan Nugent
Screenwriter: Juanita Wilson
Cinematographer: Tim Fleming
Music: Kiril Dzajkovski
Principal Cast: Nataša Petrovic, Fedja Štukan, Jelena Jovanova, Sanja Buric, Irina Apelgren,
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Octagon Films LTD -

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