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In This World [DVD] [2003]

Jamal Udin Torabi , Enayatullah , Michael Winterbottom    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jamal Udin Torabi, Enayatullah, Imran Paracha, Hiddayatullah, Jamau
  • Directors: Michael Winterbottom
  • Writers: Tony Grisoni
  • Producers: Andrew Eaton, Anita Overland, Behrooz Hashemian, Chris Auty, David M. Thompson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Persian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQVIC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,100 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Michael Winterbottom's harrowing look at the extent refugees will go to to fiind a safe haven from their own country's brutal regimes. Afghan orphan, Jamal (Jamal Udin Torabi) and his older cousin Enayat (Enayatullah) embark on a hazardous journey to London from their refugee camp at Peshawar, north-west Pakistan. Having travelled overland to Turkey, they then have join other refugees in a shipping container along to cross the sea to Italy and then continue overland to London. Winterbottom used digital video, untrained actors and improvised dialogue to give the film a true feeling of how dangerous and how desperate the journey to safety is.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In This World- the asylum seeker's journey 1 April 2005
By Peter
'In This World' delivers a convincing insight into the concealed world of human trafficing, and the desperate lengths some people will go to in order to seek a 'better' life in the Western World. Although this film is a finctionisation of true events, the combination of an amateur cast and third-person camerawork gives this film a documentary feel- it is all to easy to imagine these events taking place everyday around the world.
The film does not go out of it's way to evoke sympathy, tragegy is almost brutally ignored, rather than sentimentally dwelt upon, and there is no pretence of abject suffering in the lives of the unfortunate asylum seekers- merely the dream of a better life in London. Never-the-less one cannot help but be drawn to these compelling characters, and be dissatisfied with the film's conclusion- as with immigration as a whole, there are no answers to be found here.
This is the human face of immigration, and one too often hidden from the eyes of the world. Highly recommended.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Once again Michael Winterbottom has proved he is the leading expert on foreign current affairs. ‘In This World’ gets 10/10 for gritty realism, as the documentary style in which it is filmed tends to make you forget what parts of the movie are fiction. ‘In This World’ has gone far beyond ‘Welcome to Sarajevo’ (another of Winterbottom’s portrayals of people in crisis) as the personal level in which it reaches the audience is unmatched by any other film I have seen. The personal struggle of Jamal and Enayat over-land from Pakistan (via Iran, Turkey, Italy and France) to London is riddled with danger they will have to overcome including border guards, greedy people traffickers and death round every corner. 'In This World' is a film everyone should see especially those with a foul attitude towards asylum seekers.
British filmmaking at its BEST
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT a missed opportunity! 7 Feb 2006
By A Customer
In reply to the reviewer who stated that he didn't enjoy this film as it had a "dubious moral centre", I'm sorry but I really disagree...
The film is about the international community marginalising those who they are responsible for, these are refugees who have been bombed out of house and home by western governments and then made to live out a dead-end existence in refugee camps, throughout the film they are struggling to get back what has been forcibly taken from them, a free existence.
The ways they go about doing this are the only chance they have, I'm not saying your sympathys should lie with the characters, but the blame should not, this is a topical film of the current political climate.
anyway otherwise, fantastic acting, cinematography by a true modern great.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Over the last decade, Michael Winterbottom has emerged as the most intelligent and creative filmmaker working in Britain today. Unlike his contemporaries, he is unconcerned by the pressures of the U.S. and the importance of the Hollywood movie-system, and instead, has crafted a series of visually distinctive and emotionally heartfelt films dealing with a range of subjects; from sexual jealousy, infertility, modern-day alienation, the American frontier, and Manchester's vibrant post-punk music scene. His best films have fused dreamlike imagery (often drawing on Bergman and Kieslowski as his primary inspiration) with an almost-documentary sense of time, place and character. In This World takes that idea to new and unexplored levels, giving us a film that sets up an anti-reality, which allows the film to drift in and out of the real and the surreal at any given time to further establish the strained connection that the characters literally have with the world around them.
The sense of space seems lifted from the work of Iranian filmmakers like Samira Makhmalbaf (the Apple, Blackboards) with the idea of heightened reality coming from the employment of non-professional actors and the general cultural background of the characters. In the opening scenes, Winterbottom offers us an anachronistic narration to give the film a further sense of reality, whilst later scenes show townsfolk and children gazing with wonderment into the camera lens. This façade of the real, (though it is a fictional account based on fact) is so successful, that whenever a character died on screen the people who I viewed the film with questioned whether or not Winterbottom was creating some kind of art-house snuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gutsy and Angry 25 April 2009
The first thing to emphasise is that this is a work of fiction, even if it has strong roots in reality. While it has the feel of documentary, it isn't a documentary and on that level it leaves several questions unanswered. As a fiction film it relates to Iranian cinema, but it also relates to the road movie genre, a journey of discovery for the characters and the audience.

I almost never look at the "Extras" attached to a movie, but this one had me so intrigued about the relationship between "reality" and drama that I watched the excellent commentary by director Winterbottom and writer Tony Grisoni. It seems that they made a reconnaissance trip along the road from Afghanistan to London, informed by hundreds of interviews with refugees who had made the same trip previously, and incorporated incidents that happened to them along the way into the fictional story of two Afghan refugees trying to get out of a refugee camp to a better life. When the film came to be made along the way characters turned up in real life who went on to play themselves in fiction. So we thread in and out of reality, which gives the film its edge, but it is also a film full of poetry and wonderfully fictive (I mean, storytelling) editing.

There are many triumphs in this film, but not the least is the triumph of logistics, with fixers and units in four countries (they filmed illegally in Turkey) all coming together to make this seamless gem.

Other reviewers have commented negatively on the politics of the film, so it's probably good to set those out at the start. The voice over is quite clear. There are a million refugees in Peshawar on the north west frontier of Pakistan (that's half the population).
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