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Feature Film

Siddiq Barmak


82 mins.

Pashtu with English subtitles


Winner! Golden Globe, Best Foreign Language Film

"Truth shines through every frame, thanks to Barmak's storytelling skill and his young star's unaffected radiance"
- Richard Corliss, Time Magazine

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One of 2003's most powerful films, and the first feature filmed in post-Taliban Afghanistan, Osama is a poignant look at the lengths to which a small girl will go to ensure her family's survival under the oppressive Taliban rule. Based on a true story, the film follows a 12-year old girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to work to earn money for food. Taking the name Osama, the girl attempts to blend into the male-dominated society without drawing the suspicions of the authorities. A moving, emotional experience that sheds much light on a previously hidden world and people.

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