Osama (2003), Siddiq Barmak, 83 mins, Afghanistan Inspired by a true story, Osama is the first entirely Afghan film shot since the fall of the Taliban. Harrowing and moving, this is an unmissable piece of cinema.

  • 05 May 2011
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Osama (2003), Siddiq Barmak, 83 mins, Afghanistan

A 12-year-old Afghan girl and her mother lose their jobs when the Taliban closes the hospital where they work. The Taliban have also forbidden women to leave their houses without a male "legal companion." With her husband and brother dead, killed in battle, there is no one left to support the family. Without being able to leave the house, the mother is left with nowhere to turn. Feeling that she has no other choice, she disguises her daughter as a boy. Now called 'Osama,' the girl embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she tries to keep the Taliban from finding out her true identity. Inspired by a true story, Osama is the first entirely Afghan film shot since the fall of the Taliban.


Harrowing and moving, this is an unmissable piece of cinema.

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