DVD - 2004 | Iranian (Other)
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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: 9780792860914
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (83 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jul 20, 2017

Directed by Siddiq Barmak and released in 2003, this 82-minute drama depicts the brutal Taliban regime and shows the story of a 12-year-old girl who disguised herself as a boy to save her family and embarked on a terrifying and confusing journey as she tried to keep the Taliban from discovering her true identioty.
Inspired by a true story, this drama turns out to be a deeply moving and emotionally charged piece.

morrisonist Sep 24, 2015

Make trial therefore, O tyrant. And if thou takest our lives for the sake of righteousness, think not that thou hurtest us with thy tortures.

Jun 21, 2015

One of the few films I know of about an adolescent girl trying to survive in a land ruled by ignorant, brutal men, "Osama" nearly takes my breath away. (Readers might want to compare it with the oddly-named "Bliss" or with "Turtles Can Fly".) As far as I know, nothing has improved for women and children of Mid-Eastern wars whether it's the Taliban, Al Qaeda, or ISIS keeping them prisoners.

NewYorkViews Mar 22, 2015

I could not rate this film as it seemed liked propaganda and disrespectful of a fundamentalist religious group with typical draconian authority. In the real-world news media, the Taliban supposedly does not allow men's beards to be cut, but in this "Osama" movie, the Taliban male beards are usually short. The nude mullah taking a bath near the end of the "Osama" film reminded me of how conservative religions like modest Christians that did not allow nudity during the biblical times, somehow wind up with a naked Jesus Christ on a cross. Whatever they show in "Osama" about abuse, they can show somewhat of the West--domestic violence, hungry people, child abuse, etc--though, supposedly, it is not State/religious sponsored--and, of course the pollution problems of the West that it is trying to export there to Afghanistan. When I watched this film, I thought some enlightenment about why this Taliban culture would exist would be there, but it was not. The cinematography is okay, and the wonder of some of the traditional nice fashions and stone homes in Afghanistan are shown.

xaipe Jan 02, 2014

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.

Nov 27, 2013

An excellent movie for depicting how life under the Taliban was. A very sad movie. Overall the movie was ok, not enough dialogue and some scenes are just too long.

macabrescribe May 27, 2011

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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