Friday, September 9, 2011

Feature Film: The Whistleblower

Rachel Weisz plays Kathryn Bolkovac, an agent sent to the UN to ensure safety and enforce international laws.  She runs into a human and drug trafficking problem that is overlooked by the UN.  Why?  There's surely a fishy deal that's been made between the drug lords and the UN.  Bolkovac becomes blacklisted, and is being watched.  Everyone refuses to help her, save for two older agents Madeleine Rees (played by Vanessa Redgrave) and Peter Ward (played by Jason Straithairn).  Both are risking their lives to help Bolkovac.

Read on for why The Whistleblower is so important (and not just for its strong female roles).

The UN was originally going to ban the film from being screened there because it looked back on the UN, but there's a new head of the women's agency at the UN: former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.  And she's out to make things better for women, starting with internal problems.  She wants to face them.  Having movies like this and Liam Neeson's Taken surely will have an impact on human trafficking awareness.  This shows how art can change the world.  After all, the cast and crew of Battlestar Galactica spoke at a UN conference just last year about women's rights, human rights, racism, war, and technology.  And, believe me, they surely had a lot to say.  I can't wait for this movie!

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