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A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing.

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Agent Rami (as Waleed F. Zuaiter)
Samer Bisharat ...
Amjad
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Tarek (as Iyad Hoorani)
Mousa Habiib Allah ...
Sewing Shop Manager
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Soldier
Adi Krayem ...
Soldier #1
Foad Abed-Eihadi ...
Soldier #2
Essam Abu Aabed ...
Omar's Boss
Anna Maria Hawa ...
Omar's Sister
Ziad Jarjoura ...
Omar's Brother
Wafaa Aon ...
Omar's Mother
Jehad Abu Assal ...
Omar's Father
May Jabareen ...
Suit Store Employee
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Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the apartheid wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he's a freedom fighter ready to risk his life to strike at the occupation forces with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game-is he playing his Israeli handler (Waleed F. Zuaiter) or will he really betray his cause? And who can he trust on either side? Written by Adopt Films

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The second film from Palestine to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film after Paradise Now (2005). Both of these films were directed by Hany Abu-Assad. See more »

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Tarek: Omar, there's a price to pay if you want to revolt and liberate your country. You don't complain or cry. This is the choice you made.
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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #10.23 (2013) See more »

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Sociopolitics Translated to Story
22 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

I watched Omar (2013, directed by Hany Abu-Assad) last night and thought how well Abu-Assad translated a twisting, conniving, chaotic, and disruptive sociopolitical situation to the mis-en-scene and plot points of his film. The story hooked me the moment it began and didn't let go until the end, or perhaps even after it ended. My only complaint came from initially thinking that the plot points seemed forced and overly-contrived. However, once I had time to think and discuss the film with my wife Hannah, I began to see how the story followed the situation in the West Bank. The character's lives are surrounded by conceit and violence. They maneuver through their neighborhoods over walls and through back alleys. This mindset is encapsulated in the story.The acting and cinematography furthers its cause. We are left scratching our heads, but that's what the citizens of the West Bank do year-after-year and the I believe that's the greater point Abu-Assad is trying to make.


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