Set during the Balkan war of the 1990's, As If I Am Not There is based on true events and tells the story of Samira (Natasha Petrovic), a young woman from Sarajevo whose life is shattered the day a young soldier walks into her apartment and tells her to pack her things. Rounded up with the other women from the village and imprisoned in a warehouse in a remote region of Bosnia, she quickly learns the rules of camp life. However, the day she is picked out to 'entertain' the soldiers, the real nightmare begins. In a final act of courage or madness, Samira decides to make one last stand: to dare to be herself. And this simple act saves her life.
Hard watching but recommended
- As If I Am Not There review by NG
A powerful personal account of the experiences of a young Bosnian woman caught up in the turmoil of the war. Very difficult viewing at times and not for those who find issues around rape crimes and it's consequences difficult to watch. The acting is phenomenal by the protagonist. The strangest part of the whole film was the way the people silently accepted their fate... And there seemed such a calmness to the madness of it all. This forces the audience to take on the full force of the emotions of the film. It is imperative that we have a deep understanding and awareness of the continual violence and humiliation of woman around the world. This is an important film and very bravely revealed there is so much more we need to do to stop this happening again and again...