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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.
The whole thing is just so fabulously, gloriously risible. The narrative follows no known logic: not internal, not external, not even the logic that can't quite make up its mind and sits on the patio, dithering about whether to stay out or come in.
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.
Beyond Belief is a poignant portrait of two women coping with their roles as 9/11 widows.
[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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