Beyond Belief (2008)



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With our national focus on Iraq, much of the press and popular attention has drifted from Afghanistan, a country we barely know but which is at the epicenter of both the strongest international terrorist training grounds and some of the greatest victims of terrorism. Beyond Belief, a transcendent documentary about two 9/11 widows who forge their own personal grief into a means of understanding and helping women half a world away, puts a face on this country, its people and its traditions through … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
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On DVD: Mar 18, 2008
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Critic Reviews for Beyond Belief

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

Make sure to bring extra tissues when you go see Beth Murphy's intimate and inspiring documentary.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
New York Daily News
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This documentary feature follows 9/11 widows from suburban Boston, as they try to raise money to help war widows in Afghanistan.

February 29, 2008
New York Times
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What started as an exercise in essentialism is quickly revealed to be just the opposite, and this film would have been more interesting had Murphy delved into the complexity of the Afghan women's lives rather than focusing on the Americans' generosity.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Village Voice
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First-time director Beth Murphy's genuinely inspirational documentary tracks the goodwill efforts of Susan Retik and Patti Quigley, two Massachusetts mothers widowed on September 11 while pregnant.

Full Review… | February 19, 2008
New York Magazine/Vulture
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In Beth Murphy's intriguing docu Beyond Belief, two Massachusetts women whose husbands were killed on 9/11 reach out to victims on the other side -- Afghan widows.

Full Review… | February 19, 2008
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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Beyond Belief

[font=Century Gothic]"Beyond Belief" is a moving and inspiring documentary about two mothers from suburban Boston, Patti Quigley and Susan Retik, whose husbands were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.(In fact, they were both pregnant at the time.) Feeling empathy for the war widows in Afghanistan(numbering about 500,000), they start a charity to help them become self-sufficient and to inform the public about their plight. Even after the fall of the Taliban, women are still generally repressed in the country and must still wear the restrictive burqa in public.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]To make the world a better place, the two women's journey starts with a three day bicycle ride starting out from the World Trade Center site on September 9, 2004 to Boston, to raise funds for their charity. That is only the beginning as they talk about going to Afghanistan to see the conditions for themselves, and are not even deterred by the kidnapping of an aid worker.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Beyond Belief" is the kind of movie that restores one's faith in humanity, showing exactly how love and compassion can accomplish so much more than bombs. [/font]

Walter M.

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Post 9/11 documentaries always seem to be reaching for the same thing, the emotional tear jerking-inducing scene. Well this one has plenty but also has a great message about two strong women who are willing to put aside their own greif... or maybe just to use it to help others. Cinematography is meh, typical documentary style, nothing great. The endiing with the little speach was a bit too contrived and there were a few parts where I thought they were trying a little too hard to get some tears from the audience. All in all it was a good film about how people relate to those events not only here but overseas as well. Worth seeing.

Cody Shedeck

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