FEMINIST OPEN FORUM and HANNA’S HOUSE
Are delighted to invite you to a film screening followed by a Q + A with the director
Thursday 7th June at 7pm
The Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin 2
AS IF I AM NOT THERE
An award-winning film by
An award-winning movie by Irish director JUANITA WILSON, whose previous film, The Door, was nominated for an Oscar, 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 between us.
From the Reviews
One of the most powerful – and harrowing – films you will see this year, and one of the most thoughtfully realised by debut director Wilson (Irish Examiner)
An unflinching examination of one of Europe’s darkest hours (Paul Whitington – Irish Independent)
An astounding feature debut (Eithne Shortall – The Sunday Times)
No histrionics, no melodrama just the complex truth … Extraordinary (Sean Rocks, Arena, RTE RADIO 1)
This is probably one of the best, and certainly one of the most harrowing, films you’ll see this year (Taragh Loughrey-Grant, RTE.ie)
Interview with JUANITA WILSON
Ailbhe Smyth and Therese Caherty