24 January 2017

In This World

In This World 2002
  • Director: Michael Winterbottom
  • Based on book: no, but on reality
  • Cast: Jamal Udin Torabi, Enayatullah
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • None of them
  • Why? It sounded good.
  • Seen: 22 January 2017      

       A camp of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, 2002. Enayat and his younger cousin Jamal are handed over, with a load of money, to smugglers with the intention of getting them to London.
       Jamal is a cheerful, affectionate, smart kid who appreciates the beauty of nature and speaks English. Through desert, mountain, sandstorms, in lorries, coaches, through towns and military outposts, they make their way to Iran. Who can they trust?
       They get help from good people. They get taken by bad people.
       The very lack of drama, the calm resigned acceptance of every situation, the stamina and weariness but dogged perseverance of their journey make this quiet semi-documentary film the stuff of quiet every day drama of millions of refugees.
       We’ve seen the news reports. Here we get to know individuals. Two boys. One makes it to London. One doesn’t.
       There are more than 65 million refugees in the world today. Only the tiniest fraction of them come to Europe. https://donate.unhcr.org/int-en/general-eur/?set_country=INT

4 * of 5.  

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