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Osama (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama | 27 June 2003 (Afghanistan)
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 ... See full summary »

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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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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

The actors in the film, all amateurs, are people of the city of Kabul. Siddiq Barmak found the main character, Marina Golbahari, on the streets of Kabul. See more »

Goofs

The first time Osama is encouraged to climb the tree, the amount of light on her face changes between shots. The close shot shows the right side of her face in shadow, while in the long shot from the top of the tree all of her face is in sunlight. See more »

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Featured in Osama: Sharing Hope and Freedom (2004) See more »

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chillingly real
23 October 2003 | by (New Malden,England) – See all my reviews

A powerful and disturbing film of what life was like under the oppressive Taliban rule. Maybe because the cast are not actors and it starts with a boy talking to the camera as if it's a documentary being made it feels like what unfolds is actually happening and this makes it a very real and chilling experience. A film that should be seen.(8/10)


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