AS IF I AM NOT THERE | (original title)

2010 | Drama |109 min

Wide Eye Films & Octagon Films, Ireland / Sektor Film, Macedonia / Stela Nova & Film Vast, Sweden


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.

Directed by: Juanita Wilson

Screenplay by: Juanita Wilson

Cinematography by: Tim Fleming

Produced by: James Flynn, Nathalie Lichenthaeler, Karen Richards, Vladimir Anastasov, Robert Naskov, Lena Rehnberg, Tomas Eskilsson

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Natasha Petrovic - Samira

Fedja Stukan - The Captain

Stellan Skasgard - Doctor

Jelena Jovanova - Jasmina

Irina Apelgren - Alisa

Zvezda Angelovska - Halida


- OSCAR Nomination in 2012, American Film Academy


- 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards, winners for Best Director, Best Script    and Best Film

- Cairo International Film Festival 2010, Egypt, won Silver Pyramid

- Phoenix Film Festival 2011, USA, won Best World Picture

- Cinema for Peace Berlin 2011, Germany (Nomination for the Cinema for Peace Award for most Valuable Movie of the Year

- Istanbul Film Festival 2011, Turkey, won the Council of Europe Film Award “FACE”.