The Whistleblower

The Whistleblower

Larysa Kondracki (2010)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This grim and gruelling biopic follows Kathy Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz), a real-life Nebraska cop who joined the UN peacekeeping mission in Bosnia in 1999 and uncovered an underground network of underage sex trafficking. What was worse, and what fires this angry film's sense of outrage, is that a US security firm was complicit in the trafficking and relied on local police, diplomats and UN officials to turn a blind eye to the rape and violent imprisonment of these teenage girls. As the crusading whistleblower, Weisz gives a measured, compact performance that manages to sidestep wide-eyed idealism, while Canadian director Larysa Kondracki (making her feature film debut) shoots the harrowing scenes of abuse and dank dungeons with an unflinching refusal to compromise. It's a film with little sense of hope and a few rough edges plot-wise, but its powerful impact lingers.


An American police officer takes an assignment as part of the UN peace-keeping force in post-war Bosnia. She discovers several of her colleagues are involved in the international sex trade, but struggles to see them brought to justice in the face of a cover-up. Fact-based drama, starring Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and David Strathairn.

Cast & Crew

Kathryn Bolkovac Rachel Weisz
Peter Ward David Strathairn
Madeleine Rees Vanessa Redgrave
Laura Levin Monica Bellucci
Raya Roxana Condurache
Jan Van Der Velde Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Nick Kaufman Benedict Cumberbatch
Fred Murray David Hewlett
Bill Hynes Liam Cunningham
Ivan Sergej Trifunovic
Blakely William Hope
Director Larysa Kondracki
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Other Information

Language: English / Ukrainian / Russian / BosnianColourAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray