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Osama

Osama
  • 2003
  • Afghanistan/Ireland/Japan
  • 83 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Siddiq Barmak
  • Written by: Siddiq Barmak
  • Cast: Marina Golbahari, Arif Herati, Zubaida Sahar, Khwaja Nader
  • Language: Persian

Writer/director and editor Siddiq Barmak's debut feature film exposes the plight of Osama (Golbahari) - a 12-year-old girl whose life under the Taliban is blighted by poverty and oppression. When her mother loses her job after the Taliban close down the local hospital, she becomes her mother and her grandmother's only chance of survival. Her mother chops off her hair and dresses her as a boy. At first the child finds some work in the shop owned by a friend of her father. But things start going wrong when the Taliban start training up the local boys in response to Bin Laden's call to arms against the infidel. Only street urchin Spandi (Arif Herati) stands between the girl and discovery. Stunning and frightening award-winning drama from Afghanistan.

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