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Osama

(DVD - 2004 - Pushto)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Chronicles the true story of a young girl in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan who must disguise herself as a boy to save her family from starvation. The first feature film made in Afghanistan in the post-Taliban era.
Title: Osama
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Santa Monica, CA] : MGM Home Entertainment, 2004
Edition: Widescreen ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (83 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: United Artists ; Lebrocquy Fraser Productions ; NHK ; produced by Siddiq Barmak, Julia Fraser, Julie LeBrocquy ; written, directed and edited by Siddiq Barmak
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Special features: "Sharing hope and freedom" interview featurette with director Siddiq Barmak; original theatrical trailer
Originally released as a motion picture in 2003
Summary: Chronicles the true story of a young girl in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan who must disguise herself as a boy to save her family from starvation. The first feature film made in Afghanistan in the post-Taliban era.
ISBN: 0792860918
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign OSAMA
Country of Producing Entity: Afghanistan
Credits: Director of photography, Ebrahim Ghafuri.
Performers: Marina Golbahari, Arif Herati, Zubaida Sahar.
System Details: DVD; Dolby digital
Other Language: Soundtrack in Pashtu with subtitles in English; closed-captioned for the hearing impaired
Subject Headings: Women Afghanistan Drama Families Afghanistan Drama Taliban Drama
Genre/Form: Foreign films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Women
Families
Publisher No: 1006646 MGM Home Entertainment
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Jan 02, 2014
  • xaipe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

First of all, this is NOT a movie about Osama bin Laden. It's about a woman who wants her daughter to attend school and dresses her as a boy and gives her a common Arabic boy's name, "Osama." It's also about the hell of life for women and girls in Afghanistan under the Taliban. The mother is frantic after the death of her husband, and does not dare to leave her home alone or even think of earning money to survive. I knew little about this country which has not been open to the west and as far as I know few movies have made it to English releases. I thought it was moving and beautifully made. It also touches on the forced military training of young Afghan boys, their brutish trainers, and a "legal" system which ignores any rights for women or girls. Highly recommended.

May 27, 2011
  • macabrescribe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Osama is a deeply powerful and meaningful motion picture. The plight of the film's protagonist (who risked her life whenever she stepped outdoors, literally) was very moving. It is very easy to sympathize with her. The story's conclusion is absolutely fantastic. Not to ruin anything, but it is dark, it is sad, and it packs a punch. All in all, Osama is a great foreign flick.

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May 15, 2010
  • Tashi rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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