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Little Terrorist (2004)

 -  Drama | Short  -  25 October 2004 (USA)
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Jamal, a 10-year-old Pakistani Muslim, mistakenly crosses the border between India and Pakistan and finds an unusual ally in a Hindu Brahmin, Bhola. Indian soldiers descend on Bhola's ... See full summary »

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Julfuqar Ali ...
Jamal
Sushil Sharma ...
Bhola
Megnaa Mehtta ...
Rani
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Jamal, a 10-year-old Pakistani Muslim, mistakenly crosses the border between India and Pakistan and finds an unusual ally in a Hindu Brahmin, Bhola. Indian soldiers descend on Bhola's village searching for the so-called terrorist who crossed over. Bhola's neice, Rani, insists they can't let a Muslim into their Hindu home. With Bhola and Rani grappling with the consequences of harboring a Pakistani and their deep-set prejudice against Muslims, Jamal's only hope is the humanity shared by a people separated by artificial boundaries a long time ago. Written by Ashvin Kumar

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On the final day, the wandering musicians (feature towards the end) almost did not make it to the set in time, being arrested in Jaipur, India, due to a misunderstanding over their papers. See more »

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Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »

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A sweet and tender tale
28 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I write this review only to counteract the unjustly poorly-rated featured review from sherlock-14.

This short film deals with a Pakistani Muslim boy who, while playing cricket in his home village, goes to collect a stray ball on the Indian side. He's spotted by Indian soldiers who wrongly identify him as a terrorist and take chase, forcing him to seek refuge with a Hindu family on the Indian side. The family, with some reservations, shelter the boy.

A tender and understated film. The location photography intimately and believably depicts the flimsy boundary between what is, in effect, one community. The boy, despite speaking the same language as his neighbours, cannot speak freely amongst them, and the surrogate family struggle to him accept him when authority dictates otherwise.


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