As If I Am Not There
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A suitably harrowing, close-quarters account of the mass rape committed by Serbian rebel fighters during the Balkan wars of the early '90s."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"In her unblinking recounting of the story, director Wilson displays admirable restraint in the face of horror."
‑ Jason Solomons, Observer [UK]
"It's an audaciously truthful film, made by a film-maker of considerable skill without an inch of prurience, and totally from a woman's point of view."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Impressively directed and superbly shot, this is an emotionally powerful, harrowing drama with a terrific performance from newcomer Natasha Petrovic."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The story is told with a studied spareness. Dialogue and characterisation are minimal, the violence graphic."
‑ Keir Roper-Caldbeck, The Skinny
"An unforgettable central performance, but could be more dramatically engaging."
‑ Priscilla Eyles, Little White Lies
"A gruellingly tough drama about the nightmare of the Bosnian war, based on a 1999 novel by the Croatian writer Slavenka Drakulic."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Wilson deftly uses cinematic means - widescreen framing, sound, focus, PO V - to convey her protagonist's ordeal, eliciting exceptional acting from Macedonian newcomer Petrovic."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"The plot never quite adds up and starts to drift aimlessly in the closing stages."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Its unblinking look at sexual violence and degradation makes for exceptionally uneasy viewing, but it's a film that really should be seen."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"It's the opposite of a wallow, but risks muffling the impact of this woman's experience too thoroughly."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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