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Tora Bora is a story of the journey of Abou Tareq and Om Tareq in their search for their youngest son Ahmed, who after being brainwashed by extremists, decides to leave Kuwait to join the ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Saad Al Faraj ...
Abou Tareq
Khalid Ameen ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yassin Ahjam ...
Assistant to the Amir
Abdullah Altararwah ...
Amine Louadni
Kais Nashif ...
Al Araby Al Sassy ...
The Amir
Asmahan Tawfiq ...
Om Tareq


Tora Bora is a story of the journey of Abou Tareq and Om Tareq in their search for their youngest son Ahmed, who after being brainwashed by extremists, decides to leave Kuwait to join the the terrorist forces in Afghanistan. The elderly couple are not prepared for the suffering and darkness they encounter on their journey through the war-torn country. Their elder son, Tareq, with the aid of Pakistani intelligence, attempts to find his parents and his brainwashed brother. Tora Bora is a film about how the mistakes of one son can lead to hardships for an entire family in Arab/Muslim society. Written by Faisal Hamadah

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Heart-Wrenching Yet Beautiful
1 August 2012 | by (Qatar) – See all my reviews

"Tora Bora" draws a painful portrait of an elderly Kuwaiti couple, Abou Tareq and Om Tareq, forced to ensure a dangerous adventure in Afghanistan in order to look for their younger son, Ahmad. He has been brainwashed by the Taliban and decided to join a camp in Tora Bora. Ahmad, who has been praised for his leadership skills, is about to be given a suicide mission. At the same time, his older brother Tarek, is trying to save the members of his family by seeking the support of the Pakistani intelligence services. In this vicious circle of uncertainties, every new day looms as a threat.

The film, which previously screened in Cannes, opened the 2012 edition of the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai. Its quality and strength marks a new wave of cinema coming from the Gulf countries. Previously a subject matter usually tackled by Hollywood studios, "Tora Bora" takes a vivid approach to the subject matter by narrating the troubles of those people directly affected by war-torn Afghanistan.

Shot in a documentary style and mostly filmed in Morocco, the wonderful acting of the cast is a highlight. We can't but be attached to this old couple, hiding in mountains, enduring beatings and sometimes tortured during the grueling search for their son. The film develops certain characters like Nazih, the guide who takes them to Tora Bora and then leaves. We are left guessing his fate, and also wondering about the tapes of the Palestinian journalist living in a UN camp.

"Tora Bora" presents a heart-wrenching portrayal of parenthood and the cruelty of the war in Afghanistan. As Abou Tariq says wearily, after witnessing the horrors of the Taliban regime, "I don't understand how a Muslim kills a Muslim for no reason."

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