Film Review: BEAUTIFUL – 2017, Iraq/USA, Drama/War

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SHORT FILM played at the October 2017 STUDENT FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Review by Kierston Drier


A short, sweet story that stretches across time and space to touch your heart, BEAUTIFUL tells the tale of an Iraq refugee girl marred by a burn injury. Despite her mothers’ encouragement, the child’s self-esteem is deeply damaged by her injury.  Yet when an Iraq war vet reminds her she is beautiful, she is able to see past her insecurities. The poignant moment in the movie hinges on the realization that the war-vet is blind (although our young heroine never realizes this).


BEAUTIFUL is a film about the aftermath of trauma. That the pain of war claims innocent victims that carry burdens too heavy for any of them to bare alone. It is a film showcases one of the countless stories of sorrow that follow the path of destruction. Yet, it is also a story about how the violence of war will never win. The collective spirit of compassion that resides within humanity as a whole will always triumph. Where good people are- violence can never dwell.

BEAUTIFUL is a simple but strong story about two people who touch each others’ lives for only a moment- and leave a profound impact. They stand on opposite ends of a spectrum in the wake of a war that harmed them both- but they find solace in comforting each other. A message that reminds us all the evils of war will never bring us peace. Well done, director Navid Tayakolina, well done.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film:

BEAUTIFUL, 4min, Iraq/USA, Drama/War
Directed by Navid TavakolniaAn Iraqi little refugee girl and an American soldier, both being victims of the same war, meet in the safest place on earth USA.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

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