• Publication date: April 16, 2009

In "Beyond Borders" Love Without Borders

In the world of today, people seem to be divided into two categories: Northerners who enjoy most fortunes of planet Earth and Southerners who suffer poverty, hunger, ignorance and diseases. Characters of the movie live in these two contradictory worlds.

In the world of today, people seem to be divided into two categories: Northerners who enjoy most fortunes of planet Earth and Southerners who suffer poverty, hunger, ignorance and diseases. Characters of the movie live in these two contradictory worlds.

"Beyond Borders", directed by Martin Campbell, director of both "Zuru Mask" and "Golden Eye", is an attempt to portray a romantic love story that has a political background. Campbell mixes romance, drama and direct and clearly-defined political message altogether.

Premiered in 2003, the movie stars a collection of British and US cinema actors and actresses, including Angelina Jolie, Clive Owen, Teri Polo and Linus Roache.

Set in 1984, the movie focuses on Sarah Jordon (Angelina Jolie), an American citizen, who has been living in London for years and married to Henry Beauford (Linus Roache), a rich businessman, living a completely stable life together.

Yet, Sarah's ideal world is about to change, when broken into by Dr. Nick Callahan (Clive Owen), a physician and humanitarian relief activist, who appears in a party gathering London elite to collect donations.

Nick reminds the attendees that while they spend millions of dollars on their luxurious banquets, tens of children lose their lives daily in Africa due to hunger. He accompanies an African child to the party and yells at people saying: "A banana you eat after your meal is more than what this child eats during the whole day".

This incident affects Sarah to a great extent. Hence, she decides to travel to Africa in an attempt to contribute to the relief efforts in war-ravaged countries.

Sarah meets Nick again in Africa and they fall in love. Yet, their emotions remain constantly threatened by civil wars launched around them.

A new challenge faces Sarah and Nick: Will they flee such wars and save their lives, or stay to complete their humanitarian mission?

The movie is shot in several countries, including Canada, Britain Namibia and Thailand, and lauded by critics in both Britain and the US.

It can be said that Angelina Jolie's true character is reminiscent of the character of the heroine. She has been chosen as a UN Goodwill ambassador due to her humanitarian activities in war-stricken countries, including Thailand, Ethiopia and Vietnam, wherefrom she adopts a child.