Movies about/starring women and girls of all ages. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but…
Nothing is more dangerous than the truth.
Based on the experiences of Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) who discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring while serving as a U.N. peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Risking her own life to save the lives of others, she uncovers an international conspiracy that is determined to stop her, no matter the cost.
I'm so naive sometimes.
When I watch films like this, based on true events in which people are tortured and treated worse than animals (in this case it is the trafficking of young women into Bosnia) I go all numb and nothing really computes because I can't wrap my head around the idea that people could treat other people like that. All my years of training in critical thinking go right out the window and I'm like an 8 year old who has nothing better to say than: I don't understand. How can people do that? How can someone be like that?
And when this type of story is then framed within a story of justice, it's worse. You know…
An oddly tone-deaf look at human trafficking that tries to wrap a story of intense tragedy around the most bland aspects of police procedurals and little-guy-versus-the-system movies. While I have no doubt that this is a story that should be told (inspired as it is by true events in post-war Bosnia), director Larysa Kondracki doesn't know how to tell it. Though she opts for the omnibus approach, Kondracki can't focus on any aspect of her story for more than a few minutes, creating a film that feels scattershot and incomplete. Rachel Weisz' turn as a UN Security Officer trying to sniff out collusion between her colleagues and sex traffickers is commendable, but the film doesn't know how to treat her…
The Whistleblower is a well intentioned movie that actually isn't that bad, it's just average and the events it depicts deserve far more than just average.
You'd do yourself a favour to skip this and go straight to the Abi Morgan scripted/David Yates directed 2004 BAFTA award winning Channel 4 miniseries Sex Traffic which tells the same true story in a far more authentic, intelligent and less lo-fi Hollywoodized manner.
Please, please, please watch Sex Traffic.
Bleak film about human trafficking in post-war Bosnia. It is especially enervating because it is based on a true story. A true story where the UN peacekeeping forces (and associated private contractors) provide not only the market for the traffickers, but the infrastructure as well.
This film seems to have slipped under the radar somewhat having been shot in 2010 but only being released in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray earlier ths year. With such a recognisible cast (Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Strathairn, Monica Bellucci and Liam Cunningham) one must ask the question of why wasn't this film released theatrically? Without speculating about the distribution rights surrounding this German-Canadian co-production, perhaps a clue to THE WHISTLEBLOWER's 'straight-to-video' fate can be found in the rather muted merits of the film itself.
Rather unfortunately labelled a 'thriller' THE WHISTLEBLOWER is inspired by the events of real-life UN International Police officer Kathryn Bolkovac and her efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking in post-war…
Based on true events, The Whistleblower is an indictment on a system that covered up sex trafficking in post-war Bosnia yet is ultimately undone by clunky storytelling and crudely realised supporting characters.
The film relies on a strong performance by Rachel Weisz as the international police officer trying to uncover the truth about the sex slave industry that her own people are a part of. She is the centre of the story and Weisz delivers one of her best performances to date but she is also the only person in the entire film afforded any sort of development. Given the subject matter this is an unsurprisingly depressing watch yet it never hits the emotional heights it strives for because everybody…
Very Sad but good :)
Interesting depiction of how rotten a human can be. It dramatizes a little too much, but it's kind of necessary to get the mainstream viewer's attention.
In case you weren't aware, PMCs are bad news.
Holy hell, this was a rough watch. What did I expect, the the subject matter is in the blurb but really, it is intense and highly upsetting in places. Which is nothing compared to the real pain and suffering that trafficked women experience daily. This is one of those types of movies that really makes me want to just "get over" my social anxiety (which i know isn't the right terminology but whatever) and try and help women who have been truly wronged by human trafficking (which this film is about) as well as prostitution and the sex industry (side note: please take some time to read the information on www.fightthenewdrug.org). I had never heard of the "real story" that…
It's heartening to see a film that demonstrates an awareness of the distinction between sex trafficking and sex work - if only fleetingly - and that is also brave enough to hold a magnifying glass up to the very real and horrifying issue of UN Peacekeepers abusing their power to assault the women and girls in communities they've sworn to protect, but.. as suspenseful as this gets towards the end, and as steely and magnetic as Rachel Weisz is (as always), the whole project is conservatively shot and remarkably subdued and feels like a mid-budget TV miniseries rather than the explosive and cutting film it could've been.
I see that they tried to make this movie with good intentions but I'm tired of seeing eastern european countries being portrayed as this 'haven' for sex-trafficking and nothing else.
I live for films about whistleblowers. I LIVE FOR THEM
Not so dramatic
So who got the table?
Here are some #DirectedbyWomen Film Viewing Possibilities... Will add MANY more soon...
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Complete list. :-(