Keswick Film Club - Osama

Sunday 28th November 5:30 PM


Director: Siddiq Barmak Country: Afghanistan
Cert: 12A Year: 2003 Length: 83 mins Language: Pashtu

Audience Reaction

Score: 75.34% Attendance: 126


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The first film out of post-Taliban Afghanistan is a riveting and angry drama about a Kabul mother and daughter who, upon the death of her husband, resort to desperate measures to survive.

Banned from venturing outside without a man, the mother is forced to send her daughter out to work, dressing her as a young boy. But the Taliban are recruiting male children and "Osama's" act becomes increasingly dangerous.

First-time director Barmak takes pains to interrogate the religious and social roots underlying the Taliban's treatment of women. And far from celebrating the American liberation, Osama suggests that Afghanistan will need more than bombs in order to be healed.

Best Foreign Language Film - Golden Globe 2004


open_quote Osama is challenging, full-throttle cinema, uncompromisingly engaged with the contemporary world close_quote Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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