Kathryn Bolkovac never intended to be a hero. She was simply wanting to make a little extra money over a short 6 month period.
Sometimes life takes you in a new direction.
Normally, I watch feel good movies, but this movie on my Amazon Prime membership caught my eye.
Because it said that the heroine of this true story was from Nebraska – same as my birth state. So I had to look a little bit deeper. There are not that many of us from Nebraska because it is a very sparsely populated state.
Nebraska native Kathryn Bolkovac went to Bosnia to help with the UN peacekeeping mission. She was part of a special task force called International Police Task Force (IPTF). Unlike most people, Kathryn was driven more by an ethos of doing the right thing – simply because you do the right thing. This, in stark contrast to most people who do what is expeditious.
When in Bosnia she eventually crossed paths with women who were fall-out from the war. The post-war ethos also cheapened life and left behind a semi-lawless society. Life was cheap.
Kathryn Bolkovac started sharing her experiences with fellow co-workers in the IPTF and the UN. That was when her adventure truly started. Instead of simply uncovering evil/criminality and then working with co-workers to root it out, she quickly found out that her co-workers were part of the criminal engine.
Now in a world where she had no idea who she could trust her life got very complicated. The movie (what i watched) chronicles Kathryn's story from Lincoln Nebraska to her post-IPTF life in The Netherlands.
What struck me most about the movie – whether intentional by the creators or not – was the anger I felt that so many people simply look the other way. What they looked away from, what they ignored, what they participated in or allowed to happen was the trafficking of human beings – in this case, innocent young girls around the age of 16-17-18.
Especially poignant is how a woman, in a fit of thoughtlessness, caused her daughter to make a very bad choice in searching out a new life. This woman's sister was instrumental in selling her own niece into sexual slavery.
Just like the elderly, or the infants, these young girls are a class of people who have little ability to defend themselves.
Maybe you don't like movies like this. But maybe, just maybe watching this somehow helps us band together and somehow make a difference. I don't know.
This is a SOLID movie with a strong representation of Kathryn Bolkovac by Rachel Weisz. It is a story that needs to be told until there is enough of us angry that the perpetrators have little room to operate.
I loved it and feel good about recommending the movie.