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
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Emotionally wrenching documentary on 9/11 widows defying xenophobic expectations and devoting themselves to raising money for war widows in Afghanistan.
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