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In This World

  • Drama
  • 2002
  • Michael Winterbottom
  • 86 mins
  • 15

Summary

Documentary drama. A pair of Afghan refugees endure prejudice, exploitation and danger in their bid to reach London.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Director Michael Winterbottom's timely documentary-drama variation on the road movie won the Golden Bear at Berlin - as much for its humanity as its technical audacity and storyline. Shot on digital video and transferred to 35mm widescreen, this is an occasionally contrived exploration of the contentious and often overlapping issues of political asylum, economic migration and people-trafficking. En route from Afghanistan to London, the hardships of life for teenager Jamal Udin Torabi and his cousin Enayatullah, and for many of those they encounter on their journey, are arrestingly portrayed. The poverty, prejudice, exploitation, desperation and danger presented is sickeningly authentic; it's just a shame such brutal realism is compromised by a sentimental ending.

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Credits

Cast

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JamalJamal Udin Torabi
EnayatEnayatullah
Enayat's uncleWakeel Khan
YusifNabil Elouahabi

Crew

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DirectorMichael Winterbottom

Details

Theatrical distributor
ICA Projects
Released on
2003-03-28
Languages
English | Pushto | Persian | Turkish
Guidance
Contains swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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