As If I Am Not There

Original Format:
35 mm
Year of Released:
Running Time:
105 min.
Juanita Wilson
Vladimir Anastasov, Nathalie Lichtenthaeler, James Flynn, Lena Rehberg, Karen Richards
Nathan Nugent
Screen Writer:
Juanita Wilson
Director of Photography:
Tim Fleming
Kiril Dzajkovski
Principal Cast:
Natasha Petrovic, Fedja Stukan, Sanja Buric, Irina Apelgren, Jasna Diklic and Stellan Skarsgard
Brief Synopsis:
Samira is a teacher in a Bosnian village: twenty-nine, gentle, clever and pretty and owns an apartment of her own. Until one spring day a young soldier walks uninvited into her kitchen and tells her to pack a bag, and her life is interrupted. As the sky turns black with smoke behind her, Samira enters a new world, where peace is a fairytale and there are no homes but only camps: transit camp, reception camp, labor camp, death camp. This movie documents Samira’s struggle to cling to humanity, and to seek and eventually find a reason for hope amidst the tragedy of the Balkan conflict. Based on the acclaimed book by Slavenka Drakulic AS IF I AM NOT THERE is utterly compelling, original and, above all, it offers hope. Set in Bosnia 1992, it has the potential to be a powerful, moving and poignant film about a remarkable woman who faced the most appalling situation during the Balkan wars.


First Prize - Cinema Mundi International Film Festival , Czech Republic, 2012

Best World Picture - Phoenix Film Festival, USA, 2011

The Council of Europe Film Award “FACE” - Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey, 2011

Best Director, Best Script and Best Film - Annual Irish Film & Television Awards, 2010

Silver Pyramid - Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt, 2010


Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA, 2011

Jameson Irish Film Festival, USA, 2011

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, USA, 2011

International Film Festival Breda, Netherlands, 2011

Creteil International Women’s Film Festival, France, 2011

Worldfest - Houston Independent International Film Festival, USA, 2011

International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea, 2011

Cinema for Peace Berlin, Germany, 2011

Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010

Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, 2010 (Discovery Program)

Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2010 (Program: East of the West)

Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia, 2010

Macedonian Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2015

Production Companies:
Sektor Film
Albert Ajnshtajn 9/14
1000 Skopje, Macedonia

Wide Eye Films
70Sir John Rogerson’s Quay
Dublin2, Ireland 

Octagon Films
Ardmore studios
Herbert road, Bray
Dublin, Ireland 

Stella Nova Film
Stockholm, Sweden

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