In This World
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- Behind-the-scenes footage with commentary by wrtier Tony Grisoni and director Michael Winterbottom
- Director's introduction
- US & UK trailers
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Michael Winterbottom, the director of In This World, make some important choices. One, his casting of actual refugees instead of professional actors, lend great authenticity to the story. My favorite aspect of the movie is the location shooting in places rarely viewed by a Western audience. The tale starts in a border refugee camp between Afghanistan and Pakistan outside of Peshawar. A youth, brave and wise beyond his years, and an older relative take off on a journey to the promised land of London. On the way they go through Quetta, Qom, Teheran, Turkey, Belgium, and eventually on to London. The journey is grueling and harrowing and makes the refugee camp look like another form of paradise.
The pacing may be slow and there is a lot of silence in the movie but the sense of travel, trust and deserved mistrust stays with you. People put their lives in the hands of human traffickers all for the dream of something better...if they survive to reach something better.
If you care about international issues of refugees and their plight, you will be rewarded by this film. If you are interested in some of the dynamics between Afghanistan and Pakistan, you will be glad you took this one in. If you only tend towards mainstream flicks and have a need to be entertained, well look elsewhere.
The films opens with some facts:
>The United States spent almost 8 billion bombing the Taliban in Afghanistan
>Many Afghanis moved to Peshawar to avoid the bombing--and, I'm sure, because many were made homeless
>There are 14 million refugees in the world
>1 million of them are in Peshawar
Providing this already stunning movie with even more impact: the character of Jamal is portrayed by a young Afghani named Jamal who really made the journey himself. Winterbottom and his crew took him back to Peshawar where they recreated the story, a story anyway of a similar journey, simply by asking people to relive their experiences.
In this World deserves notice, and Winterbottom deserves, not an Academy award--those come too cheaply--but some sort of humanitarian award for drawing attention to the subject. (It did win the Golden Bear, the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Peace Film Prize at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival.) I wish everyone who arranged and executed the bombing of Afghanistan could see it. We may be able to justify the freeing of the Afghani people from the treacherous Taliban, but can we really justify the lack of attention we're giving the innocents affected by that campaign?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A touching and moving film about the blight of refugees - just as relevant today as when it was filmed. A must see!Published on August 25, 2014 by Ellen of Studio City, CA
Be warned; don't watch this film with a strong moral view regarding immigration legal or otherwise this is simply the story of what many go through in order to reach the west. Read morePublished on July 3, 2007 by Gogol
I feel that the words "gripping documentary film" is inacurate for two reasons. I would not quite call it a documentary, as it is all reinactment, and, secondly, I think "gripping"... Read morePublished on April 9, 2007 by B. W.
Terrific film, realistic and informative, and dramatic without being overly dramatic. Shot like a documentary, and usually with the slower pace of a documentary, too. Read morePublished on September 28, 2005 by sparky
I watched this movie with a lump in my throat. While I can understand how to some people, this film may have lacked some background information, to me, it was just perfect. Read morePublished on August 20, 2005 by Rouba El-Ali
This movie is powerful and shot in such a way that it feels real. This movie gives us the perspective of two Afghan refugees who want to get from Pakistan to London, and reveals... Read morePublished on August 16, 2005 by Mohammad Mojaddidy
This is a fascinating film and well worth watching.
The human smuggling drama unfolds steadily with a few good plot twists, as the 2 main characters trek across two... Read more
Motivated by a news story about 58 Chinese immigrants found suffocated in a container at Dover, In This World by Michael Winterbottom is a passionate tribute to the nearly one... Read morePublished on November 25, 2004 by Howard Schumann
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