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This is the issue that confronts one particular woman, a widowed doctor, who treats patients in secret. Unfortunately, the hospital, if one can call it that, has not paid her for some time, and she can no longer work there. Moreover, it has become too dangerous for her to travel the streets, as she is a lone woman forbidden to travel the streets without the accompaniment of a member of the male sex. As her household consists solely of three generation of women, having lost her husband and her brother, circumstances are dire indeed.
She must devise some plan of getting or earning their daily bread, if they are to survive. She turns to her young timid daughter, a girl on the cusp of womanhood. She decides that her beautiful daughter must disguise herself as a boy and go out into the world to help earn some food for the family, or they will die. Thus, the daughter is transformed into a boy called Osama. The mother then takes Osama to see a kindly former comrade of Osama's late father, who now runs a small dusty shop. There, Osama is left to work, stirring cauldrons of steaming milk, scenes that are positively medieval.
Passing as a boy, Osama is obliged to do those things that a male is expected to do.Read more ›
[STORY] is about the unnamed girl whose family have no male relatives. This means they cannot go out to work, and the girl takes a desperate remedy -- she has her hair cut, and disguises herself as a boy, in order to work at a kind milkman's shop. Only a boy who sells scent in the street knows the truth, but how long can this trick go on when the Taliban regime seizes the power, ruling the place with fear?
[DIRECTOR] Siddiq Barmak, born in Afganistan, learned the filmmaking in Russian school (then USSR), so "Osama," often slow and quiet as it is, has a very sophisticated touch with the smooth camarawork. If you are not accustomed to watching the non-English speaking films from, say, Iran, you find it a rather tough watching at first, but as the story goes on, the film gets more intense, drawing your attention to the film's world.
[THE GIRL] is played by Marina Golbahari, who was literally "found" by the director when she was begging on the street to provide for the family. In spite of the fact that she was an amateur (the Talibans banned any films), she is THE heroine the director was looking for, and you know it if you see her very sad eyes. Actually, her eyes are strikingly pure, telling every emotion of the heroine so naturally.
[ABOUT THE ENDING] Don't worry, no spoiler. Still, you have to know that the director's first intention was different. In the original version, the girl goes away into the "rainbow.Read more ›
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An absolute must see movie for all non Muslims; and anyone who questions why western military forces engaged in war against the Taliban.Published 17 months ago by Douglas Barker
Another eye opening movie, of what life must have been like under the Taliban. Not based on a true story but on similar things that happened while under the Taliban. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Humble
Perfect as an insight into another culture through multiple lenses of gender, gender oppression, religion, strengths, resilience, etc.Published 19 months ago by Pocono Guy
This film is fantastic not only for its historical nature as being the first film to come out of Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, but also to the central messages of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by sdhb
Made in Afghanistan, Osama is a simple story of a young girl living under the rule of the Taliban. Her father was killed in the war leaving her, her mother and grandmother with no... Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by Joyce
Every so often a movie is made that looks at the dark moments of history and reveals to the world the events that took place. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Janet Chandler
A great peak into the role the Taliban played in not only repressing women but upholding the sole rights of men over women. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by T. J. Fortunato