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In This World

by Peter Malone,15-7-2003

In This World

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Cast: Jamal Udin Torabi, Enayatullah
Duration: 88 minutes

In the crowded Afghan refugee camps outside Peshawar on the northwest frontier of Pakistan, two young cousins, Enayat and Jamal, set out overland for London. No ID documents, a little money, a little English, at the mercy of people smugglers, they make their way through Iran (and are sent back to Pakistan), back through Iran, over the Turkish mountains to Istanbul, locked in a container on a boat to Trieste... Asylum seekers. Controversies rage in Britain and other European countries. The closure of the temporary camp at Sangatte on the Channel coast where so many refugees jumped trains and trucks to attempt a concealed journey to England led to an influx into England. These are social and political topics that led to heated arguments prior to the war on Iraq. In the aftermath of the war, thousands of displaced people will be on the move again. Catholic papers like The Universe have constantly alerted its readers to the plight of the Iraquis and other refugees. What should be done?

British director, Michael Winterbottom, offers one answer: put a face on these anonymous refugees, show their story so that the argument will not just be about statistics or unspecified fears.

When <In This World> won the Ecumenical Prize at this year's Berlin Film Festival from a jury consisting of three Catholics representing SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication, and three members representing Interfilm, the Protestant Organisation for Film Festival juries, commentators were pleased that the Churches had acknowledged the global problems of millions of people on the move. The next day, the press was very surprised that this small-budget film running under 90 minutes won the main award, the Golden Bear.

While we see news items about the refugees, and they are frequently alarmist in tone, few of us know many of them or even any of them. Winterbottom has taken a small digital video camera and re-created the harsh journey from Peshawar to London and invites us to accompany him. We get to know the two cousins, especially Jamal and share with them the uncertainties of the journey. None of us would like to spend our lives and see our future in the camp in Peshawar, dusty, crowded, limited access to water. We would try to get out.

During the journey, which has more comforts these days like bus travel and phone calls, we experience the two boys limited language skills, their having to trust so many people who might swindle them, the interrogations by police. As they get closer to their goal, they are trapped in the container ship and, like the 58 Chinese who suffocated in the back of a truck two years ago, not everyone survives.

Afghans have been refugees in Pakistan since the Russian invasion over twenty years ago. Others fled the Taliban. Others fled the bombings of 2001. There are more than three million Afghan refugees in Iran alone. When the bombs stop falling, how will the people live, where can they go? And, without explicitly asking its audience, this is what this film challenges us to ponder.




In This World

演員:Jamal Udin Torabi、Enayatullah

在巴基斯坦的西北邊陲,白沙瓦外一個擠逼的阿富汗難民營內,兩名年輕的堂兄弟依拿也及詹姆展開前往倫敦的陸上旅程。他們沒有任何證件,只有小量金錢及有限的英語。在走私者的協助下,他們越過伊朗(後來被送返巴基斯坦),再次穿越伊朗,越過土耳其山脈抵達伊斯坦堡,匿藏在船隻的貨櫃裡前往意大利的里雅斯特... 尋求外國庇護人士。有關話題在英國及其他歐洲國家引起激烈的爭議。鄰近英法隊道法國入口的桑加特臨時難民營關閉後,大批難民匿藏在火車及貨車偷渡到英國,這些社會及政治話題早在伊拉克戰事之前已引發熱切討論。戰事發生後,成千上萬流離失所的人民將要再度遷徙。天主教報章《宇宙》不斷提醒讀者有關伊拉克及其他難民的苦況。究竟應該做些什麼?
























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