“A terrifically enjoyable and engaging film: open-minded and open-hearted, and utterly unlike the material on regular commercial release”
“A woozy, dream-like, magical-realist movie which demonstrates that despite living amid a landscape of conflict, the minds of the children are ‘like Aladdin's caves’ ”
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Philip French in The ObserverThu 07 Oct, 2010
“This delightful, extremely affecting documentary charts a visit made by the film-maker and movie critic Mark Cousins to a remote corner of Iraq to bring films to the local children and encourage them to make their own pictures. Cousins sees his younger self, growing up in the Northern Ireland troubles of the 1960s and 70s and finding a magical kingdom in the movies, as having a close affinity to the children in this war-torn country. His film is beautifully shot, the films exhibited alfresco to an enchanted local audience are well chosen, and the kids’ own pictures are revealing.” â€” Philip French, The Observer
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Review in the MetroThu 07 Oct, 2010
“Mark Cousinsâ€™s absolute charmer of a documentary sees the wryly engaging 44-year-old writer/presenter/film curator/Tilda Swintonâ€™s chum travel to Goptapa, a dustily picturesque rural village in northern Iraq.
Heâ€™s here representing his younger self, a â€˜wee Belfast boyâ€™ who was â€˜tenderisedâ€™ by growing up in close proximity to guns and conflict…”
The First Movie wins top awardFri 24 Sep, 2010
The First Movie won the prestigious Prix Italia for best Arts Documentary in Turin on September 24th 2010! Here’s a link to their announcement.