The Whistleblower—a co-production of Canada, Germany, and the United States—was filmed in Romania from October to December 2009.
Kondracki and Weisz responded that what happened in Bosnia had been toned down for the film.The Whistleblower received several awards and nominations, including three nominations at the 2012 Genie Awards.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a screening of the film and promised action would be taken to prevent further instances of human trafficking.The Whistleblower is a 2010 Canadian-German-American biographical crime drama film directed by Larysa Kondracki and starring Rachel Weisz.Kondracki and Eilis Kirwan wrote the screenplay, which was inspired by the story of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska police officer who was recruited as a United Nations peacekeeper for Dyn Corp International in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999.
While there, she discovered a sex trafficking ring serving (and facilitated by) Dyn Corp employees, with the UN's SFOR peacekeeping force turning a blind eye.
Bolkovac was fired and forced out of the country after attempting to shut down the ring.
She took the story to BBC News in England and won a wrongful-dismissal lawsuit against Dyn Corp.
Kondracki wanted her debut film to concern human trafficking, and she encountered Bolkovac's story in college.
She and Kirwan struggled to obtain financial support for the project.
Eight years after Kondracki decided to produce the film, she secured funding and cast Weisz in the lead role.