One of the undoubted highlights, from an Irish perspective, amongst the plethora of fine movies at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival will be the multi-IFTA award-winning movie As If I Am Not There.
A bleak and harrowing drama set in the middle of the Bosnian war the movie tells the story of young, female, Croatian writer Slavenka Drakulic’s real-life experiences overseeing the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
The movie follows Samira, a modern schoolteacher in Sarajevo who takes a job in a small country village just as the war is getting to it’s most brutal. When Serbian soldiers overrun the village, shooting the men and keeping the women as labourers and sex objects, Samira finds herself caught slap-bang in the middle of it all.
A harsh, but rewarding movie As If I Am Not There will demand attention and be deserving of it. Director Juanita Wilson will attend the screening at the JDIFF, with is at 5pm Saturday February 26th. Tickets here.
For everyone unable to attend the JDIFF screening the film will be released March 4th.