• Fri. Dec 1st, 2023

“The Whistleblower” is a 2010 Canadian-German-American biographical crime drama film directed by . “The Whistleblower” follows the story of Kathryn Bolkovac (), a Nebraska police officer who takes a job as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. While there, she uncovers a sex trafficking ring involving members of the international peacekeeping force and high-ranking officials in the Bosnian government.

Despite facing opposition from her colleagues and superiors, Bolkovac persists in her investigation, determined to expose the corruption and bring the perpetrators to justice. Along the way, she puts her own life in danger and faces numerous challenges.


“The Whistleblower” is a gripping and powerful film that sheds light on the disturbing reality of sex trafficking and corruption in post-war Bosnia. delivers a standout performance as Kathryn Bolkovac, bringing both strength and vulnerability to the role.

The film's direction and cinematography are also impressive, capturing the beauty and devastation of Bosnia in the aftermath of war. The supporting cast, including and , also deliver strong performances.

The film's pacing is slow at times, but the tension and suspense build steadily as Bolkovac's investigation progresses. The film's themes of justice, morality, and corruption are well-portrayed and make for a thought-provoking viewing experience.


“The Whistleblower” did not receive any major awards, but it was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.

Directed by
Produced by Christina Piovesan
Amy Kaufman
Celine Rattray
Benito Mueller
Wolfgang Mueller
Written by
Eilis Kirwan
Starring ,
Music by Mychael Danna
Cinematography Kieran McGuigan
Edited by Julian Clarke
Voltage Pictures
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Release date 13 September 2010 (TIFF) 12 August 2011 (Canada) 27 October 2011 (Germany)
Running time 112 minutes
Country Canada
United States
Language English
Box office $2.2 million

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