In this World
If Dirty Pretty Things (BMJ 2002;325:1427) is about what happens to asylum seekers in the United Kingdom, then In This World is about how they get here.
Sixteen-year-old Jamal (Jamal Udin Torabi) and his cousin Enayat (Enayatullah) leave a refugee camp in northern Pakistan for London. Were told that they are from Afghanistan, but not how they got to the camp or why they want to leave for London. The film follows their journey and the danger along the way.
This is a film about the loss of native language and native clothing, the loss of money, the loss of dignity, and the loss of identity. Jamal and Enayat are passed along a network of people smugglers via Iran and Turkey and have a number to call in every city that they reach. They are advised to don Western outfits and are prepped with phrase-book style remarks. But they are also forced to work in sweatshops and to pay the smugglers more cash than they thought they had agreed.
Picked up by the Iranian authorities on the