I will never be the same. This is the real power of film. I’m in Whitehorse attending the Available Light Film Festival and I saw The Whistleblower last night. It was amazing! Now I just have to recover.
It is the story of a Nebraska policewoman, Kathryn Bolkovac, who goes to Bosnia on a post war peacekeeping mission and uncovers a sex trade industry driven by UN workers with Diplomatic Immunity. It is horrific and mobilizing. Someone should have been in the theater accepting donations to the cause because I was so moved I was ready to cash in my kid’s education savings plan.
I talk about the shadow archetype, the Victim or Whore, in my workshops and I feel I failed to portray the true horror of it. The Victim is in an environment that is an assault to the sacredness of her body, and her soul. The people around her have no feeling for her pain or suffering, and it is impossible for her to maintain a belief that she is of value in the environment of debauchery. She is detached from any idea of her intrinsic worthiness of love.
The tyrant is also very well portrayed here. The UN members use and abuse the girls for their twisted pleasure without a grain of conscience. They feel entitled. It is horrifying. It is about money – that trumps all feeling for the girls they are using. The fact that it is sex, the very act that can bond a man and a woman – makes it even worse.
The Whistleblower is a great example of a female hero – a heroine. All the beats are followed except the triumphant ending. It is a thriller/horror story after all. This is a great movie but be emotionally prepared.
I had the opportunity to ask the director/co-writer, Larysa Kondracki, what the highest purpose was for the film. She said diplomatic immunity is being abused by UN workers and it needs to be amended. I definitely support that.