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Release Date: September 19, 2003

Starring: Jamal Udin Torabi and Enayatullah

Genre: Drama

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Dr. Ted Baehr Michael
Winterbottom is a gifted
filmmaker who loses his focus
completely with IN THIS WORLD.
IN THIS WORLD tells the story
of two Afghan youths, whose
uncle pays people smugglers to
smuggle the boys from a
refugee camp in Pakistan to
London, England. Enayat is the
boy that the uncle is
sponsoring on this treacherous
journey. Jamal convinces the
uncle that he should go too
because he speaks English.
They have a little bit of
money and barely the clothes
on their back. Their uncle
gives Enayat a Sony walkman to
remember his family, and Jamal
uses it to bribe a border
guard. The trials and
tribulations of the journey
culminate when they are locked
into a container with other
refugees and put on a ship
from Istanbul to Trieste. Some
of the refugees suffocate. It
is a horrifying
moment. Michael Winterbottom
made this movie under the
banner of Revolution Films to
appeal to the British
government to let in refugees
from the Muslim world. He
traveled to Afghanistan and
found natives, including the
two young boys, to take part
in his movie. Although he
tries a creative mix of
animated maps and narration to
keep the story alive, many
sequences of the story are
tedious and boring, just like
real life itself. A little
more scripting would have
helped tremendously. As it is,
some of the movie is
unwatchable, mostly because of
the use of low-budget digital
camera and lighting
techniques. It may be that
Michael started out with a
political ax to grind, as he
says in his film notes.
Preaching in movies generally
does not work, whether it's
Christian or something else.
Movies are a storytelling
medium, and the story here is
too thin. The audience will
feel for these kids, but in
truth, the movie just shows
that their life was better in
Afghanistan, and there may be
better ways to solve their
plight than inviting millions
of Muslims to move to
England. Furthermore, from a
spiritual perspective, for
years, the Middle East was a
productive, fertile crescent.
Islam has devastated most of
that. What makes England so
attractive is the direct
result of its Christian
heritage. Afghanistan, Iran,
and Iraq can all be recovered
if they would shake off the
horrors of Islam and accept
the free gift of grace in
Jesus Christ. Please address
your comments to: Sundance
Channel Customer Service 1633
Broadway New York, NY
10019 Phone: (212)
708-1201 Website:
www.sundancechannel.com Email:
feedback@sundancechannel.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

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Content:

(Pa, FRFR, Co, L, VV, S, N, MM) Light pagan worldview with lots of references to Islam, a false religion, and some vague Marxist references; five obscenities and many positive references to Allah; people suffocate to death in field container while being smuggled into Europe and very brief shots of porn magazines and male porn films; upper male nudity; no smoking; no drinking; and, lying, stealing, bribing officials, and smuggling people.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

IN THIS WORLD tells the story of two Afghan youths, whose uncle pays people smugglers to smuggle the boys into London, England. Although the movie tries a creative mix of animated maps and narration to keep the story alive, many sequences of the story are tedious and boring, and need a far more redemptive, Christian worldview.

Review:

Michael Winterbottom is a gifted filmmaker who loses his focus completely with IN THIS WORLD.

IN THIS WORLD tells the story of two Afghan youths, whose uncle pays people smugglers to smuggle the boys from a refugee camp in Pakistan to London, England. Enayat is the boy that the uncle is sponsoring on this treacherous journey. Jamal convinces the uncle that he should go too because he speaks English. They have a little bit of money and barely the clothes on their back. Their uncle gives Enayat a Sony walkman to remember his family, and Jamal uses it to bribe a border guard. The trials and tribulations of the journey culminate when they are locked into a container with other refugees and put on a ship from Istanbul to Trieste. Some of the refugees suffocate. It is a horrifying moment.

Michael Winterbottom made this movie under the banner of Revolution Films to appeal to the British government to let in refugees from the Muslim world. He traveled to Afghanistan and found natives, including the two young boys, to take part in his movie. Although he tries a creative mix of animated maps and narration to keep the story alive, many sequences of the story are tedious and boring, just like real life itself. A little more scripting would have helped tremendously. As it is, some of the movie is unwatchable, mostly because of the use of low-budget digital camera and lighting techniques. It may be that Michael started out with a political ax to grind, as he says in his film notes. Preaching in movies generally does not work, whether it's Christian or something else. Movies are a storytelling medium, and the story here is too thin. The audience will feel for these kids, but in truth, the movie just shows that their life was better in Afghanistan, and there may be better ways to solve their plight than inviting millions of Muslims to move to England.

Furthermore, from a spiritual perspective, for years, the Middle East was a productive, fertile crescent. Islam has devastated most of that. What makes England so attractive is the direct result of its Christian heritage. Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq can all be recovered if they would shake off the horrors of Islam and accept the free gift of grace in Jesus Christ.

Please address your comments to:

Sundance Channel Customer Service

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New York, NY 10019

Phone: (212) 708-1201

Website: www.sundancechannel.com

Email: feedback@sundancechannel.com

SUMMARY: IN THIS WORLD tells the story of two Afghan youths, whose uncle pays people smugglers to smuggle the boys into London, England. Although the movie tries a creative mix of animated maps and narration to keep the story alive, many sequences of the story are tedious and boring, and need a far more redemptive, Christian worldview.

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