Osama

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Released 2003

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Osama

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Director:
Siddiq Barmak
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Osama, the 2003 debut feature from writer and director Siddiq Barmak, was the first film made entirely in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban regime. The film takes place at the beginning of the Taliban's rule and follows a 12-year-old girl (Marina Golbahari) who must seek work after her mother (Zubaida Sahar) loses her job at a hospital. Since women are not allowed in public unless accompanied by a man and her close male relatives have all been killed, the mother disguises the girl as a boy, calling her "Osama." Osama finds work but is soon forced to attend a Taliban school for boys, where she begins to realize that she cannot keep her gender a secret for very long. Critics have hailed Osama as a deeply affecting portrayal of the horrors faced by Afghan women under Taliban rule. It won several awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Osama's unvarnished vulnerability, along with the director's combination of tough-mindedness and lyricism, prevents the movie from becoming at all sentimental; instead, it is beaut...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    Raw and wretchedly current, it is a story that packs a cruel emotional wallop.

  • 80

    Variety Deborah Young

    Apart from its historical interest, this tragic tale of religious extremism and misogyny is a very good film able to catch audiences up emotionally.

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