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Rated R · 112 minutes · 2011

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As traumatic as it might be to watch The Whistleblower, being involved in the story it depicts must have been impossible to forget. Told through the eyes of a Nebraska police officer who accepts a position as a United Nations peacekeeper in late-90s war-torn Bosnia, the film uncovers widespread rape and sex-trafficking, much of it involving the men Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) works with at the United Nations. Often, it is not the story of the war itself that is so powerful; it can just as easily be experiences that arise as a consequence of war that puncture our memories. That's certainly the case with The Whistleblower, thanks to a fearless performance by Weisz, and the decision by rookie director Larysa Knodracki to not play flag football with the facts. It may not be a technically superior movie, but it's a hard one to shake.
Director: Larysa Kondracki
Producer: Nicolas Chartier, Sergei Bespalov, Peter Schafer, Amy Kaufman, Christina Piovesan and Celine Rattray
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Strathairn, Liam Cunningham, David Hewlett and William Hope

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Memphis Flyer Film Spotlight by Chris Herrington 09/29/2011
The Coast Halifax The Whistleblower outrages (as it should) Docudrama exposes sex-trafficking under the noses of UN workers by Carsten Knox 09/08/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, Sept. 9 Harry Shearer on Katrina failures; two brothers fight for the belt; A-list actors try to save humanity (yeah, right); Bucky Larson is born into porn; and a UN peacekeeper finds trouble in Eastern Europe. It's all at the movies. 09/09/2011
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The Coast Halifax The Whistleblower and Larysa Kondracki All the secretary-general’s men: Canadian filmmaker Kondracki has made a powerful issue-based thriller about sex-trafficking in Bosnia. by Carsten Knox 09/08/2011

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