“A terrifically enjoyable and engaging film: open-minded and open-hearted, and utterly unlike the material on regular commercial release”
PETER BRADSHAW, THE GUARDIAN
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“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’ ”
DAVID BROWN, RADIO TIMES
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Kate Muir in The Times
Thu 07 Oct, 2010

“In The First Movie, the director Mark Cousins arrives in a Kurdish village in Iraq, sets up a makeshift outdoor cinema for children, and then gives the local kids hand-held cameras to make mini-movies. The village bakes at 40C in a valley where — amid grazing cows and pomegranates — Saddam Hussein once dropped chemical weapons. Many of the older generation were wiped out or damaged. But the children are wild, eccentric and joyful. Initially shy, they sidle up to the camera and start talking. The big cinema night has the whole village turn out in the dark, kids squealing and jumping at films from Denmark, Iran and then ... E.T.


Inspired, they make their own movies: poetic stories, football games, an interview with a mother who survived the chemical weapons, prayers inside the mosque. The only downside for adults is the faux-naive Blue Peter voiceover by Cousins, who keeps mentioning his own childhood in Belfast. The film is touring Britain, with film-making and competitions for children.” — Kate Muir, The Times


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