Exemplifies the real-world tragedy that humanity continues to inflict great harm on itself due to varying notions of sin and righteousness. Though the story involves armed jihadists who seek to subjugate the residents of a quiet village, no character is dehumanized; there is not a villainous caricature to be found.
For the western viewer, this film introduces a simple and elegant way of life, a remnant which we then witness unravel as variant ideologies (one passive, one aggressively proselytic) divide all players involved into three camps: prisoners, holy warriors, and martyrs.
Perhaps most distressing is the absence of aid and law enforcement of any kind. This is a world in which near-total power can be exercised by a small group of men, furnished with a handful of guns. Human history continues to show that where power over others is easily afforded, there is inevitably one party willing to abuse.