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In this world

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There are one million Afghan refugees living in Peshawar, just inside the Pakistani border. Many of them came here in October 2001, when the USA began bombing their country. Enayat (Enayatullah) and Jamal (Jamal Udin Torabi) are cousins. Jamal, the younger of the two, is an orphan; he lives in a refugee camp and spends his days working at a brickworks. Enayat sells electrical goods on his father's market stall. He is to be sent to England to have a shot at a better way of life. Thanks to his powers of persuasion and his knowledge of English, Jamal is allowed to accompany his cousin on his journey. After an initial attempt fails, they eventually manage to cross the border from Pakistan into Iran hidden on buses and lorries; from Teheran they travel through Kurd country on foot and over the mountains into Turkey. Theirs is an old smugglers' route; once part of the "Silk Road" it is still used to smuggle car parts, oil, opium and tobacco to the West. The two boys arrive in Istanbul, where a whole new world opens up before them.

Persons of interest

  • Jamal Udin Torabi .... Jamal
  • Enayatullah .... Enayat
  • Imran Paracha .... Travel agent
  • Hiddayatullah .... Enayat's brother
  • Jamau .... Enayat's father
  • Wakeel Khan .... Enayat's uncle
  • Lal Zarin .... Enayat's uncle
  • Ahsan Raza .... Money changer
  • Mirwais Torabi .... Jamal's older brother
  • Abdul Ahmad .... Groom
  • Amanullah Torabi .... Jamal's younger brother
  • Rasheed .... Shaheen
  • Allah Bauhsh .... Farid
  • Hossain Baghaeian .... Behrooz
  • Yaaghoob Nosraj Poor .... Kurdish father
  • Ghodrat Poor .... Kurdish mother
  • Mehdi Poor .... Kurdish baby
  • Ahmad Azami .... Kurdish father
  • Yusef Azami .... Kurdish son
  • Nabil Elouhabi .... Yusif
  • Paul Popplewell .... Voice-over
  • Tony Grisoni .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Winterbottom .... Director

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Theatrical report

I thought that In this world was a documentary, and you will, too, until you start seeing shots that can't have been taken at the time, like those reverse-angle shots on the news of the reporter interviewing a subject when the words don't match the head movements. If you can get over that you'll find this film to be wildly educational: it's a dramatic recreation of true events based on the lives of the two protagonists, Jamal and Entayat. And what a life. You don't ever want to be a refugee from Afghanistan. Thank the goddess that you live in tolerant, prosperous, multi-cultural Australia. In this world is the kind of film Little Johnny Howard and Philip Ruddick should be forced to watch (think Alex DeLarge in A clockwork orange).

Security censorship classification

M (Low level coarse language, contains animal slaughter)

Surveillance time

90 minutes (1:30 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 6 November 2003

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