This story of a Pakistani home for orphans is an extraordinarily complex achievement, full of angry, scared young boys who threaten each other and then, in the next breath, hold each other close against the vagaries of the world.
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The impressionistic results succeed in conveying widespread social problems on a relatable scale, as the subjects register throughout as complex individuals. But when the filmmakers step back in the final sequences to consider the magnitude of poverty in Pakistan, the situation seems even more devastating than it did at the outset.
The filmmakers capture extraordinary adventure on the wing, as when they enter Taliban territory to bring Omar home; along the way, the boy visits a shrine against Asad’s wishes, resulting in one of the most exciting and daringly filmed chase scenes in the recent cinema.
Adolescent machismo, no nonsense compassion, & stark poverty all come together in this intriguing and strangely moving Palestinian documentary about a home for misfit runaways in Karachi. At only 70 minutes, the film flies by, and one almost wishes it delved deeper into why some of these children's families so blithely abandoned them, but directors Omar Mullick & Bassam Tariq allow the images to speak for themselves.
An aesthetically striking documentary about a shelter for homeless and runaway kids in Pakistan. Because the film is a tight 70 minutes, it seems that the film is too nuanced. The characters, the story, and the location could have been developed further, but I admire the filmmakers for taking the melodrama out of a narrative that could easily fall into schmaltz.