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Osama (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  27 June 2003 (Afghanistan)
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The Taliban are ruling Afghanistan, they being a repressive regime especially for women, who, among other things, are not allowed to work. This situation is especially difficult for one family consisting solely of three women representing three successive generations. All the males in their family have died in various Afghani wars. The mother had been working as a nurse in a hospital, but regardless of she not being allowed to work, the Taliban has cut off funding to the hospital. The mother and grandmother make what they feel is the only decision they can to survive: they will have the preteen daughter masquerade as a boy so that she can get a job to support the family. The daughter, feeling powerless, agrees despite being scared as if the Taliban discover her masquerade, she is certain they will kill her. Partly as a symbolic measure, the daughter plants a lock of her now cut hair in a pot so that her lost femininity can flourish. The only people outside the family who know of the ... Written by Huggo

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Budget:

$46,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$51,969 (USA) (6 February 2004)

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$1,127,331 (USA) (23 April 2004)
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Director Siddiq Barmak was helped in the making of his film by leading Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf who gave him $100,000 funding and the 35mm cameras and equipment he needed. Makhmalbaf also persuaded his regular cinematographer Ebrahim Ghafori to work on the project. See more »

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25 May 2004 | by (New Hartford, NY) – See all my reviews

If this film does not make you angry, then you have no feelings whatsoever. This is the first film made in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban. It shows the oppressive life of women under the Taliban. They are not allowed to go to school, hold jobs, or be allowed in public without a male escort. This movie tells the story of a girl who must disguise herself as a boy in order to get a job so her family can buy food. If she is caught, she would most likely be put to death for breaking the law. It is amazing that such things still exist in today's world. This movie is a warning that there must be no more regimes such as the Taliban in Afghanistan. I hope this film will prompt people around the world to demand that women have basic rights such as the right to vote, to go out in public, and to dress however they please no matter what country they live in.


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