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A moving, solid and ethically committed film
6 September 2002
This fine moving film was awarded the International Critics Award in San
Sebastián International Film Festival (held in Spain every September).
a shocking, artistically rock-solid and ethical film, very well made
It was ment to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of
Rights. It's made up of three episodes or cases, following a logical
progression - children's rights, the right to freedom of expression and
right to life. But it also speaks of hope.
The Spanish director and his international team have really succeeded in
portraying social, racial and political exclusion - a moving document
our nowadays world, where citizens who are "different" live in both the
Third and the First World.
"La Espalda del Mundo" / "The Back of the World" gives you the shivers
you see it and this restlessness endures even when you leave the cinema
theater. As a critic said: <<I bet it won't stop you from having a
good meal afterwards (nor from sleeping like a baby). "What can one do in
view of how things stand, of so much misfortune?", you will say. Suffer
a while, bless your western-citizen luck, put up with a bad conscience for
while, give donations to non-governmental organizations which try to help
the dispossessed of the earth?>>
It's good need having someone who dares to make us have an unresting bad
time, not through fiction but through harsh, matter-of-fact reality, but
with a hopeful message in it.
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