As If I am Not There
Juanita Wilson, Ireland, Macedonia, Sweden, 2010.
Directed by: Juanita Wilson
Script: Juanita Wilson po istoimenoj knjizi Slavenke Drakulić
Producer: James Flynn, Nathalie Lichtenthaeler, Karen Richards
Production company: Wide Eye Films, Octagon Films Production
Cinematography: Tim Fleming
Editing: Nathan Nugent
Music: Kiril Dzajkovski
Cast: Nataša Petrović, Feđa Štukan, Nikolina Kujača, Zvezdana Angelovska, Jelena Jovanova, Irina Apelgren, Sanja Burić, Angela Stojanovska, Jana Mircevska, Blagoj Veselinov, Jasna Diklić, Marija Miličević, Nino Levi, Katina Ivanova, Jana Stojanovska
Running time: 105'
As If I Am Not There is a story of 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.The day she is picked out to ‘entertain’ the soldiers, the real nightmare begins. Stripped of everything she ever had and facing the constant threat of death, she struggles against all the hatred she sees around her. In a final act of courage or madness, she decides to make one last stand: to dare to be herself. And this simple act saves her life. It’s when she realises that surviving means more than staying alive that she has to make a decision that will change her life forever. As If I Am Not There is a modern war story that explores love, identity and the connections based on Croatian journalist and writer Slavenka Drakulic´’s book of the same name.
Sarajevo Film Festival,
Toronto International Film Festival
Juanita Wilson is an Irish director and writer from Dublin. Wilson attended the National College of Art and Design where she studied fine art as well as Dublin Institute of Technology where she studied design and journalism. Her short film 'The Door' received an Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) in 2009 and an Academy Award nomination in 2010. 'As If I am Not There' is her first feature film.
Location and screening schedule:
Tuškanac cinema, Saturday, October 23rd at 21.00
Tuškanac cinema, Sunday, October 24th at 13.00