“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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Review in the Metro
Thu 07 Oct, 2010

“Mark Cousins’s absolute charmer of a documentary sees the wryly engaging 44-year-old writer/presenter/film curator/Tilda Swinton’s chum travel to Goptapa, a dustily picturesque rural village in northern Iraq.

He’s here representing his younger self, a ‘wee Belfast boy’ who was ‘tenderised’ by growing up in close proximity to guns and conflict. And here to see if he can connect with the children of Goptapa, to see if he can crack into and film the rich ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of their minds by first showing them movies in his handmade, outdoor cinema, then giving them Flip cameras to make their own little films. It’s a dreamily beautiful, unusually pure watch.

Cynics may feel it’s a tad over-romanticised in places but it’s undoubtedly a lyrical and uplifting testament to the enduring power of imagination. At once magical and honest, it stirs the soul like some Iraqi Cinema Paradiso.”

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