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  • Actors: Jamal Udin Torabi
  • Directors: Michael Winterbottom
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Pashto
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Ica Films
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ELEZD6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,812 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Torn straight from the headlines, Michael Winterbottom's compelling and prescient 'In This World' follows young Afghan Jamal and his older cousin Enayat as they embark on a hazardous overland trip from their refugee camp at Peshawar, north-west Pakistan. Entering Turkey on foot through a snowy, Kurdish-controlled pass, the pair again take their lives into their hands and face suffocation when they are locked in a freight container on a ship bound for Italy. From there they plan to travel on to Paris, the Sangatte refuge centre and ultimately asylum in London.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter on 1 April 2005
Format: DVD
'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 By Philip Collinson on 15 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Scott-presland on 25 April 2009
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gogol VINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
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.

We hear every day (in Europe at least) of illegal immigrants 'flooding the country' but we know almost nothing about them. This film goes some way to answer that question. Many are simply economic migrants rather than fleeing persecution in their homeland and many are arriving on our shores for no other reason that financial.

We see in the film how they bribe their way across Pakistan to Iran, how they change their clothes to 'blend in' with the locals, taken from there to South East Turkey (the smugglers heartland of that country) where they stay with Kurdish smugglers, passed on to sweat shops in the big cities they work until being shipped off to Europe.

The actors are genuine not least because they are migrants from their homeland its an interesting insight into the people we see everyday. From those begging or street vending in the big cities to working in the back of restaurants or on building sites.

Recommended film.
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