The Institute for British Irish Studies (IBIS) and the School of Politics and International Relations in University College Dublin (UCD) would like to invite you to the screening of the movie As If I Am Not There on Tuesday, the 6th of November 2012, 6-8pm in theatre 1, Newman Building, University College Dublin (UCD). The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film director Juanita Wilson.
Juanita Wilson’s debut feature, As If I Am Not There, serves as a timely reminder of the atrocities suffered during the Bosnian War of the 1990s, and the difficulty in resuming any sense of normality in its aftermath. The drama is taken from true stories revealed during the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.
Samira is a modern schoolteacher in Sarajevo who takes a job in a small country village just as the war is beginning to ramp up. When Serbian soldiers overrun the village, shoot the men and keep the women as labourers (the older ones) and sex objects (the younger ones), Samira is subjected to the basest form of treatment imaginable.
Oscar nominated and IFTA winning filmmaker Juanita Wilson is a renowned Irish director and writer from Dublin. She has been awarded an Irish Film and Television Award for best film, best script, and best director, among other international recognition.