• Film ID:
  • 11709
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=80 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • Afghanistan.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • Pashtu.
OSAMA (2003)
Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes in 2004, Siddiq Barmak's extraordinary 'Osama' was the first feature film to be made in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban. Visually audacious and emotionally compelling, the film follows a girl who is forced to disguise herself as a boy in order to earn the money to feed her hungry all female family. The lead actress Marina Golbahari was, literally, chosen off the street by the director and gives an outstanding performance which belies her inexperience as an actress. There are some extraordinary scenes, for example one in which a mullah teaches sexual hygiene to a group of young boys, and, if you want to know how terrible the Taliban are/were, then you should watch this movie about life, and Islamic law, under them.
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