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Title Osama / a film by Siddiq Barmak
Published 2008


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  791.4372 Bar/Osa  2008/08/21  AVAILABLE
Description 1 videodisc (DVD) (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary Inspired by a true story, Osama is the first film to be made in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. The film looks back at the repressive, misogynistic Taliban regime in anguish, telling the tragic tale of a young girl forced to disguise herself as a boy so she can work and save her family from starvation. A twelve year-old girl and her widowed mother, who works secretly in a hospital, are nearly arrested when the brutal Taliban raid the hospital and haul the women doctors off to jail. Forbidden to make a living, and with father, brother and uncles all deceased, the girl’s mother and elderly grandmother hatch a dangerous plan to cut her hair and dress her as a boy – ‘Osama’ – so she can go out and work. She begins working for a kindly shopkeeper, but faces imminent exposure when she is rounded up with the other boys and forced to attend Taliban school.
Notes Off-air recording of World Movies broadcast August 21, 2008. Copied under Part VA of the Copyright Act
A Barmak Film
In Farsi with English subtitles
Subtitles: Ahmad Akbari, Sayar Dehsabzi, Nick Shimmin. Subtitles copyright SBS Australia, 2008
Credits Writer and Director, Siddiq Barmak ; Producer, Siyamka Alaghehband ; Music, Mohammad Reza Darvishi ; Cinematography, Ebrahim Ghafoori
Performer Marina Golbahari, Mohammad Nader Khajeh, Mohammad Aref Harati
Notes Originally released as a motion picture by Barmak Films and NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation : 2003
Available for Deakin University staff and students only
Rated: M
Subject Women -- Afghanistan -- Drama
Taliban -- Afghanistan -- Drama
Families -- Afghanistan -- Drama
Afghanistan -- Social life and customs
Genre/Form Feature films
Author Barmak, Siddiq
Alaghehband, Siyamka
Darvishi, Mohammad Reza
Ghafoori, Ebrahim
Golbahari, Marina
Khajeh, Mohammad Nader
Harati, Mohammad Aref
World Movies Channel (Firm)