Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Osama (2003)

I cannot forget, but I can forgive-Mandela

Writer/director Siddiq Barmak makes his film debut with Osama, the first all-Afghan feature released since the end of the Taliban rule. In the early days of the regime, a young girl (Marina Golbahari) and her widowed mother (Zobeydeh Sahar) participate in a demonstration for women's right to work. When the demonstration is broken up by the Taliban, they hide out with local street kid Espandi (Mohamad Aref Harat). When the Taliban take over a hospital where the mother secretly works, they are arrested and jailed. In order to go to work, the mother dresses the young girl as a boy. Forced to attend school, the girl reunites with Espandi, who refers to her as Osama. She struggles to maintain her disguise in order to survive. Osama won an honorable mention at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

Running Time: 83 mins

The young girl is lucky she has not yet developed a chest and that because of their prejudice they think girls can not climb. But unfortunately she started her period when lowered into the well with a chain tied onto a back strap.

As sometimes with foreign and low budget films, the special effects can be just as valuable as the movie itself and the directors interview was worth watching it for his story and the stories he told.

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