As If I Am Not There

Critics Consensus

No consensus yet.

85%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 13

78%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 602
User image

Watch it now

Movie Info

Filmmaker Juanita Wilson paints a harrowing portrait of a woman subjected to unrelenting horror in the midst of war in this powerful drama based on a true story. A lovely young woman in her twenties, Samira (Natasha Petrovic) was born and raised in a middle-class household in Sarajevo and has studied to be a teacher. Samira takes a job at a school in a country village, even though she's been warned that this will put her close to the fighting in Bosnia's civil war. Not long after Samira has settled in, the village is invaded by Serbian troops, and she and the rest of the women in town are rounded up and locked up in a holding facility while all the men are shot. Hours later, Samira is gang raped by a gang of soldiers and she and most of the other women are made the sexual slaves of the troops, only let out of their lock up when the soldiers want their services. Samira finds herself watching the violence inflicted on herself and the others from a physical and emotional distance, and isn't sure how to react to the few soldiers who show her any kindness. Adapted from a book by Slavenka Drakulic, As If I Am Not Here received its North American premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Cast

Critic Reviews for As If I Am Not There

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for As If I Am Not There

  • Mar 10, 2012
    Only for those with a strong stomach, this Balkan gruellingly tough drama based on a 1999 novel by the Croatian writer Slavenka Drakulic, gives an unblinking look at sexual violence and degradation which albeit being exceptionally uneasy to watch, it is a film that really should be seen.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer

As If I Am Not There Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features