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A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal.

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Inspired by true events, Kathy (Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk. Written by Production

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Nothing is more dangerous than the truth.


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Rated R for disturbing violent content including a brutal sexual assault, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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$61,002 (USA) (5 August 2011)

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$1,120,914 (USA) (21 October 2011)
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A rape scene, in which the fictionalized character of Raya is brutalized with a lead pipe. had to be toned down as one viewer fainted during a preview screening in Toronto. See more »

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When Kathryn is asked to return her ID at the HQ, her right-side shirt collar is unfolded. When she is escorted, the collar is folded again, and in the next shot it is the left-side collar that is unfolded. See more »

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[first lines]
Raya: [in Ukrainian] I have to get home. Mama's gonna kill me.
Luba: No. You are staying with me tonight. Roman wants us there at nine in the morning. Raya, we've been over this. It's just a few months working in a hotel.
Raya: Yes, but...
Luba: You want to work at a Copyshack like your mother? He said it was both of us or nothing!
Raya: ...No.
[walks away]
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Performed by The Watchmen
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don't trust military contractors
5 September 2011 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

While the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia made a lot of news in the 1990s, less well known were the actions of military contractors in the region. "The Whistleblower" tells the story of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who joined a private company to serve as a peace-keeper in Bosnia, only to discover that the company was complicit in human trafficking.

The really ugly scenes are when we see what is done to the trafficked girls. It almost seems as though the movie should have focused more on them. But what is equally important to understand is not only the atrocities committed with impunity by private contractors, but the risk that whistleblowers face even today (as shown by the WikiLeaks case).

Either way, this is something that everyone should see to understand the reality behind modern-day mercenary armies.


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