In This World

Synopsis: In February 2002 in the Shamshatoo Refugee Camp in the North West Frontier Province in Pakistan, there are 53,000 refugees living in sub-human conditions since 1979 with the Soviet Union invasion and 2001 with the USA bombing and invasion of Afghanistan. The family of the Afghan Enayat and his cousin Jamal decides to send them illegally to London to have a better life. They hire coyotes to smuggle the cousins through Iran and Turkey to Italy and finally London hidden inside trucks and containers. However, the long journey locked in a container with other families poses a terrible challenge to the boys.
Genre: Drama
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations.
88 min

53 thousand Afghan refugees

live in Shamshatoo camp...

at the city

of Peshawar in Pakistan.

They first arrived in 1979 fleeing

the Soviet invasion of theircountry.

The most recent came to escape

the US-led bombing campaign...

which began on October 7th, 2001.

Many of these children

were born here, like Jamal.

He is an orphan.

He works in a brick factory.

He gets paid

less than a dollar a day.

It is estimated that 7.9

billion dollars...

were spent on bombing

Afghanistan in 2001.

Spending on refugees

is far less generous.

The daily food ration is

25 grams of vegetable oil

and 60 grams of pulses.

Every family is given a tent,

a plastic sheet...

three blankets and one stove.

Who's moved my clothes?

I'm going, okay.

- Ask your uncle to help you.

- Okay.

Be careful.

Think carefully and don't...

Don't worry.

I'll tell him.

Wait for me!

Share the bread.

Eat like a human, slowly.

The meat is too tough!

I want to send my nephew

to London.

- Do you want to go to London?

- Yes.

I know a man that can help.

- He can arrange it?

- Yes.

We can talk to him.

- How are you?

- Good.

- How's Emal?

- He's not here now.

- Where is he?

- Kilburn High Road. He loves London.

This is my uncle, Wakeel.

This is my father.

I want to help him to a good future.

- Are you sending him to America?

- No, can't.

I've told him already, London.

Uncle, who will go with him?

Because he can't speak English.

It's a good price.

It's a very good price.

He'll have to go overland.

Death is everywhere,

we can't hide here or there.

Allah bless you.

Allah bless everyone.

Allah is great.

That's okay, leave it.

Wakeel from Peshawar?

You want Jamal?

Jamal, your uncle called. He

wants you to meet him in Peshawar.

- My uncle?

- Yes.

- Who's going to London?

- These two.

- Both of you?

- Yes.

You're better off

in your own country.

- Are you going by plane or by land?

- By land.

It's very dangerous

to go by land.

No, it's not dangerous.

- I'll give the money to you?

- Yes.

- It's in Dollars and Rupees.

- That's okay.


When you get to London,

you phone me from there.

Then I'll give the money to him.

Here's your receipt.

Don't lose it.

He won't give me the money

until they phone.

That's dad.

He's on a plane.

It looks nice.

Look at you!

So you don't forget us.

Okay, l'm going now.

Look after yourself

and phone us sometime.

Bye, Aman.

I'll phone you.

Go home...

Go home, Aman.

I told you to go home!

I'll give you a slap!

Go home!

There you are!

Where were you? You're late!

- The bus is about to leave.

- I'm sorry.

Here are your ID cards.

This is your ticket, and this is the

number you ca when you get to Quetta.

There are 14.5 million

refugees in the world.

More than five million live

in Asia.

Almost one million of

these live in Peshawar.

Many of them want to leave.

Every year, one million

people in the world...

put their lives in

the hands of people smugglers...

Some arrive safely at

their destination.

Many get caught

by the authorities.

Some die along the way.

Where can I phone from?

From the public call office,

down there.

Ayub, bring my phone!

I'm flying my kite.


Fine, how are you?

Who's this?

Enayat! How are you?

We are at the station,

the bus station.


I want to ask you something.

- What are you going to ask me?

- Just a question.

If I know the answer, I'll tell you.

If I don't, I can't.

Okay, you know the music?

Who made it, and where, and when?

I have no idea.

Okay, I'll tell you.

There was a husband and wife

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Tony Grisoni

Tony Grisoni (born 28 October 1952) is a British screenwriter. He lives in London. His first feature film, Queen of Hearts, directed by Jon Amiel, won the Grand Prix at the 1990 Festival du Film de Paris. more…

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