THE PLOT THUS FAR
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.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
With billions of dollars behind “peace keeping” in torn countries like Bosnia it is a given that there will be needed order, albeit with corruption. Paid handsomely, low-level people, workers in these countries are seen by their corporate employers as necessary “grunts” getting the day-to-day work done and silently bank their tax free earnings. For the most part that bet seems an easy way for these powers to amass wealth while enacting little real change. Their small roles, big paydays, combined with the quite dangerous, hardly glamorous hard life they lead, usually, silence them for a quick in and out period of employment without any ripple to the system.
For six months of her time and $100,000, Kathryn was to monitor the local Sarajevo police and advise them on proper police procedures. Very quickly, she discovers the word monitor means turn a blind eye as Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks abuse whatever power they have to continue a sort of undeclared war on each other. The Serb policemen will not investigate or prosecute domestic violence cases, especially if the woman is Muslim. Kathryn successfully leads Bosnia’s first case against domestic violence earning her a more visible job as the department head for gender affairs.
Now her scope includes far more than standard local police issues. Young Eastern European and Russian girls are turning up on the streets and shelters looking severely assaulted and sexually abused. To her shock and dismay, Kathryn learns that United Nations employees from all nations are not only the girls’ customers, but frequently aid local human traffickers in their transport and have an interest in holding the girls against their will.
The Blu-Ray comes with a featurette about the real Kathy Bolkovac. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is strong enough for a film that looks like it was shot for under $100,000. The 1080p transfer fares a little worse with digital noise and jaggies throughout the frame. Still, it’s a solid movie that’s worth checking out. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.
RELEASE DATE: 01/24/2012