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Prolific British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom adds to his impressively diverse oeuvre with this harrowing account of two Afghan refugees' passage to the West in search of a better life. The movie opens at a refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, where Afghans have sought refuge in the wake of the U.S. military campaign in their country following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The story follows Jamal, an orphaned teenager, and Enayat, his older companion, as they make their way from Pakistan to London. Traveling in the back of trucks, by bus, and on foot, the two cross Central Asia in an arduous journey punctuated by encounters with hostile border guards and shady smugglers. Even more traumatic is the ocean voyage from Turkey to Italy, during which Jamal and Enayat are forced to hide in a shipping container with other asylum seekers, including a terrified infant. Winterbottom shot the movie vérité-style on digital video, and the smudgy look and quick cutting betray the movie's guerrilla roots. Enhancing its raw veneer is Winterbottom's reliance on improvised dialogue and non-actors. A stirring work of advocacy, this flawed but wrenching film won the Golden Bear at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival. ~ Elbert Ventura, Rovi

  • Release date:November 17, 2002

Cast

Enayatullah
as Enayat
Yusef Azami
as Kurdish son
Paul Popplewell
as Narrator
Imran Paracha
as Travel Agent
Rasheed
as Soldier Shaheen
Xavier Jamaux
as Enayat's father
Nabil Elouahabi
as Yusif

Crew

Michael Winterbottom
Director
Andrew Eaton
Producer
Anita Overland
Producer
Tony Grisoni
Screenwriter
Marcel Zyskind
Cinematographer
Dario Marianelli
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Christelis
Editor
Behrooz Hashemian
Co-producer
Fiona Neilson
Associate Producer
Chris Auty
Executive Producer
David M. Thompson
Executive Producer
Parvin Cox
Singer
Wendy Brazington
Casting
Shahriar Shahbazzadeh
Production Manager
Stuart Wilson
Sound Mixer
Laura Phillips
Production Manager
Josh Hyams
Production Manager
Justine Angus
Foley Editor
Peter Fuchs
Sound Recordist
Ruth Breslaw
Production Coordinator
Melissa Lake
Foley Artist
Gianluca Buttari
Foley Recordist
Dario Marianelli
Conductor
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