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
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 »
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 »
The Director is taking through us a 80 minutes journey through the eyes of a 13 year old girl in Afghanistan under the taliban...
The landscape full of limestone .....and the people unfortunate enough to have born into the wrong time....
barren land and lives.....
where every other woman is a widow and every other mother is a living tomb.......
Please listen to the soundtrack carefully.... especially the background score.... its really important..... it starts off with an iron swing..... ends with the sound of skipping rope hitting the ground.... Masterful.
I bet that after the movie, you will go and kiss your young daughter. You sure will.
My salute to the director who mesmerised me the whole 80 minutes....
saw this movie in 8th international film festival of kerala in 2003 where It got a grand applause.
This was the first movie made in post taliban regime in afghanistan. Truly commendable.
My 9 out of 10.
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