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Osama

(DVD - 2004 - Pushto)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Osama
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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.
Publisher: [Santa Monica, CA] : MGM Home Entertainment, 2004
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 0792860918
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign OSAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (83 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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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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