Whistleblower - On a dangerous mission

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German title Whistleblower - On a dangerous mission
Original title The whistleblower
Country of production Canada ,
original language English
Publishing year 2010
length 113 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Larysa Kondracki
script Larysa Kondracki,
Eilis Kirwan
production Christina Piovesan ,
Celine Rattray
music Mychael Danna
camera Kieran McGuigan
cut Julian Clarke

Whistleblower - On Dangerous Mission (Original title: The Whistleblower ) is a Canadian - German war drama from 2010 by Larysa Kondracki , with Rachel Weisz in the lead role. The film is about an assignment by the US police officer Kathryn Bolkovac in post-war Bosnia in the late 1990s . The film premiered on September 13, 2010 at the Toronto International Film Festival .


Two young girls from Ukraine are sold by their own families to a human trafficking ring that smuggles them into Bosnia . There they are psychologically broken and taken to a bar where they have to work as waitresses and prostitutes . They are sexually abused, physically and mentally suppressed. The American policewoman Kathryn Bolkovac, who is on a foreign assignment for an international organization , exposes illegal activities in the area of ​​trafficking in women during her work. Its job is to support the local police in their work. In the process, she discovers that members of peacekeeping organizations are themselves involved in this brutal business. Information about the investigations of the young policewoman reaches leading positions in the UN organization through leaky channels , which apparently benefit from trafficking in women . Kathryn Bolkovac is relieved of her office and has to leave the country. She can still take evidence to expose the scandal.


The Whistleblower was produced by the two film production companies Sunrise Films and Barry Films . Shooting began in October 2009. The New City Hall in Toronto , Ontario was used for the opening scenes and the UN offices , exterior shots were mostly shot in Bucharest ( Romania ), and the rest of the shots were made in the MediaPro Studios in Bucharest.

Rachel Weisz got the script back in 2005, but couldn't make up her mind to play the tough police officer Bolkovac because of her pregnancy until she dealt with it again in 2009 and the film could go into production.


Film festivals

The Whistleblower has been featured at various film festivals . In the US , this happened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 8, 2011), Santa Barbara Film Festival (January 28), Portland International Film Festival (February 18), Miami International Film Festival (March 8), San Francisco International Film Festival (April 26) and the Boston Independent Film Festival (May 3, 2011). The film was presented at the Summer International Film Festival on August 13, 2011 in Hong Kong . In Germany , The Whistleblower was shown on October 5, 2011 at the Hamburg Film Festival . In the Netherlands , the Canadian-German production was presented on October 31 at the Zoetermeer thriller festival and on November 2, 2011 at the Amsterdam Film Week film festival .

movie theater

The Whistleblower started in Denmark on June 23, 2011. In Canada and the USA (previously restricted on August 5) the film opened on August 12, and two weeks later in Mexico (August 26). Two days later the film was also released in Hong Kong (August 28). In September, the film starts in Argentina (September 1), India (September 21) and in German-speaking Switzerland on September 29, 2011. In the Netherlands, the thriller was released on November 10, the day after in Uruguay and from the 17th century. November in Israel . In Indonesia appeared The Whistleblower on 14 December 2011 in the cinemas and in Peru on 19 January 2012 found.


The film Direct-to-DVD was released in the following countries . Here appeared The Whistleblower in Brazil on 10 August, in Italy on November 16 and in Sweden , the DVD was released on October 19, 2011. On January 6, 2012 in Japan .


“Committed and empathetic thriller drama about human traffic in post-war Bosnia, where racial hatred reigns and young women are mercilessly abused as sex slaves. After scandalous real events, Rachel Weisz ( The Mummy ) fights against a corrupt system in which the US military and the UN are involved. European star actors like Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn and Monica Bellucci refine the grim, gloomy, serious accusation against organized crime. "


The film is based on real events, both Kathryn Bolkovac and Madeleine Rees are real people. After a screening of The Whistleblower , UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened a panel discussion on sexual exploitation and sexual abuse in conflict and post-conflict situations. The filmmakers and senior UN officials addressed the issues raised in the film, including human trafficking and forced prostitution, and urged the organization to step up efforts to combat the sexual exploitation of women and children.



actor Dubbing voice role
Rachel Weisz Claudia Urbschat-Mingues Kathryn Bolkovac
Monica Bellucci Judith Brandt Laura Levin
Benedict Cumberbatch Christian Weygand Nick Phillips
Vanessa Redgrave Doris Gallart Madeleine Rees
David Strathairn Reinhard Kuhnert Peter Ward
Liam Cunningham Erich Rauker Bill Hynes
David Hewlett Axel Malzacher Fred Murray
William Hope Tobias Lelle Blakely
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers Felicitas Bauer Erin
Luke Treadaway Patrick Roche Jim Higgins
Demetri Goritsas Alexander Brem Kyle
Stuart Graham Matthias Klie McVeigh
Roxana Guttmann Claudia Schmidt Zlata
Anna Anissimova Tatiana Pokorny Zoe

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Whistleblower - On a Dangerous Mission. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. ^ Certificate of Approval for Whistleblowers - On a Dangerous Mission . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , August 2011 (PDF; test number: 129 094 V).
  3. United Nations webcast: Panel discussion: Sexual exploitation and abuse in conflict and post-conflict situations
  4. Whistleblower - On a Dangerous Mission. In: synchronkartei.de. German synchronous file , accessed on April 26, 2013 .