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As If I Am Not There (2010)




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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.


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Critic Reviews for As If I Am Not There

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

A suitably harrowing, close-quarters account of the mass rape committed by Serbian rebel fighters during the Balkan wars of the early '90s.

Full Review… | June 28, 2011
Time Out
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The story is told with a studied spareness. Dialogue and characterisation are minimal, the violence graphic.

Full Review… | September 21, 2011

The plot never quite adds up and starts to drift aimlessly in the closing stages.

Full Review… | July 3, 2011
Daily Express (UK)

In her unblinking recounting of the story, director Wilson displays admirable restraint in the face of horror.

Full Review… | July 3, 2011
Observer (UK)

An unforgettable central performance, but could be more dramatically engaging.

Full Review… | July 1, 2011
Little White Lies

Its unblinking look at sexual violence and degradation makes for exceptionally uneasy viewing, but it's a film that really should be seen.

Full Review… | July 1, 2011
Daily Mirror (UK)

Audience Reviews for As If I Am Not There

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 Korovessis
Nicolas Korovessis

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Story of human trafficking, based on real events. Hard hitting but still, a very important watch. They couldn't have picked a more perfect girl to play the lead role, she conveys so much through just her eyes alone. Recommended.

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