23. January 2016 · Comments Off on #52filmsbywomen #CdnTwist 2 – The Whistleblower (director: Larysa Kondracki) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen · Tags: , , , , , , ,
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Hello again. This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016. ¬†It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen. ¬†I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for week 2 is the film The Whistleblower (2005) by director Larysa Kondracki.

“The directorial debut of the Canadian filmmaker Larysa Kondracki, this grueling expose of human trafficking in postwar Bosnia teeters in an uneasy balance between quasi-documentary and fiction. ¬†It is based on the true story of Kathryn Bolkovac, a police officer from Lincoln, Neb., who accepted an offer to join the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. While there, she uncovered direct evidence that underage girls were being held captive and bought and sold in a profitable sex trafficking operation. When she presented her evidence to her superiors, it was ignored. When she persisted, she was fired.

The Whistleblower premiered on September 13, 2010, at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.” – The Whistleblower film’s¬†official website

“Larysa Kondracki was born in Toronto and studied English and theater at McGill University. She received an M.F.A. in film direction from Columbia University and directed the short film VIKO (2008) which played mainly at film festivals to widespread acclaim. The WHISTLEBLOWER is her first feature directorial film.” –¬†imdb

The film stars Rachel Weisz in the lead role with a great supporting cast which includes David Strathairn, Venessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and Benedict Cumberbatch. You can find the film on iTunes Canada and at CanadaScreens.ca. Use the CONTACT US page or the comments on Facebook/YouTube to recommend other Canadian films directed by women that should be on the list.  Also include a link to where they are available on SVOD or VOD so we can check them out.

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Cheers, Jith.
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Posts for #52filmsbywomen Canadian twist so far:

#1 Sabah: A Love Story (2005) by director Ruba Nadda

#2  The Whistleblower (2005) by director Larysa Kondracki

 

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