First-time filmmaker Larysa Kondracki and “whistleblower” Kathy Bolkovac look very tired.
After back to back rounds of national press up and down the East Coast, they are here to talk to me and do it all over again. But as tired as they appear, the second they start talking about their movie Whistleblower, all signs of exhaustion fade away.
Their feature Whistleblower is based on Bolkova’s experience as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. After losing custody of her kids because she reckons she worked those odd cop hours, while her ex had a 9-to-5 job and could be home for dinner at 6 p.m., she left her job in Lincoln, Nebraska to help rebuild a devastated, war-torn country and make real money to help her move closer to her kids. Or so she thought.
Instead, this idealistic and dedicated former cop found plenty of corruption, cover up and intrigue in her new world. This experience is now told in The Whistleblower with Academy-Award winning actress Rachel Weisz (who looks nothing like the blonde, tall and attractive Bolkova) and a stellar cast that includes Vanessa Redgrave and David Strathairn. Not bad for a first time director.
Kondracki is an intense woman on a mission and not one to mince words. While I would not want to pick a fight with her, I would definitely want her to tell my story if I was Bolkova, the brave whistleblower who tried to make a stink about some pretty damning information she learned regarding the corporation paying her bills AND the UN. Yes, as in the United Nations.