Beyond Belief (2008)
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 an incredible lens of forgiveness, understanding and hope. … More
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Critic Reviews for Beyond Belief
Director Beth Murphy lets her subjects speak for themselves with a minimum of embellishment, and so the moments of stark poignance draw tears without exploiting them.
The two Americans reflect on their own grief and on their ambivalence about being viewed as '9/11 widows,' but most of Beyond Belief is refreshingly outward-looking.
Make sure to bring extra tissues when you go see Beth Murphy's intimate and inspiring documentary.
This documentary feature follows 9/11 widows from suburban Boston, as they try to raise money to help war widows in Afghanistan.
The invigorating Beyond Belief gets past the anger and exasperation that pervades so many films ... and is still as political as Fahrenheit 9/11 or Why We Fight.
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.
Emotionally wrenching documentary on 9/11 widows defying xenophobic expectations and devoting themselves to raising money for war widows in Afghanistan.
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.
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.
Beyond Belief is a poignant portrait of two women coping with their roles as 9/11 widows.
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]
[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]
[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]
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