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Omar (2013)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 1 August 2013 (New Zealand)
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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.


Hany Abu-Assad


Hany Abu-Assad
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Bakri ... Omar
Leem Lubany ... Nadia
Waleed Zuaiter ... Agent Rami (as Waleed F. Zuaiter)
Samer Bisharat ... Amjad
Eyad Hourani ... Tarek (as Iyad Hoorani)
Mousa Habiib Allah Mousa Habiib Allah ... Sewing Shop Manager
Doraid Liddawi ... Soldier
Adi Krayem Adi Krayem ... Soldier #1
Foad Abed-Eihadi Foad Abed-Eihadi ... Soldier #2
Essam Abu Aabed Essam Abu Aabed ... Omar's Boss
Anna Maria Hawa Anna Maria Hawa ... Omar's Sister
Ziad Jarjoura Ziad Jarjoura ... Omar's Brother
Wafaa Aon ... Omar's Mother
Jehad Abu Assal Jehad Abu Assal ... Omar's Father
May Jabareen May Jabareen ... Suit Store Employee


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Once you collaborate, there's no turning back.


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Did You Know?


Hany Abu-Assad claimed to have written the structure of the film in just one night. Actually writing the screenplay took 4 days. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


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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Crazy Credits

The credits roll in complete silence without any music. See more »


Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

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An engaging thriller and love story with a political background. Oscar worthy.
21 February 2014 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been a tragedy, a clash between one very powerful, very convincing, very painful claim over this land and another no less powerful, no less convincing claim." Amos Oz

It's not easy to fit the story of Romeo and Juliet into a thriller about the Arab-Israeli conflict, but filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad does it with care and believability. So good is he in that balancing act that the notoriously endless national struggle is almost overshadowed by the challenging love Omar (Adam Bakri) has for Nadja (Leem Lubany).

Palestinian Omar, an impassioned freedom fighter in a street gang, becomes ensnared in a convoluted plot as an informant after being tricked into admitting his guilt by association for an Israeli's murder. The major theme is betrayal, found everywhere, informing every life.

Scaling the giant separation wall running through occupied Palestine to visit Nadja, however, is less scary than the torture Israelis inflict on him and the betrayal they demand. How he will free himself when he is caught in a covert action is the thriller part of the story.

Taking the pretzel plot one step further is the trickery of getting Omar to be an informant and the torturous path he must take as the tries to play both sides. Indeed, moments occur when the audience may not be sure which side Omar is on as he fights for his life and his love. No matter, family and nationalism will be major players in his fate.

The film is a powerful screed against the tactics and dominance of Israelis and a simple Shakespearean-like tale of loyalty, love, and jealousy. With the exception of Waleed Zuaiter as Agent Rami, because the actors are new to acting, they bring naturalism to the all-too-real conflict.

The narrow alleys through which Omar races aptly represent the dangerous nature of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Neither Nablus nor Nazareth is filmed in any glamorous way. With the impressive claustrophobic compositions and sets, outside and inside, the director has even more skillfully shown through his star-crossed lovers that this war in not over for soldiers or lovers anytime soon:

"I believe that in the long run, separation between Israel and the Palestinians is the best solution for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Yitzhak Rabin

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Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

1 August 2013 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Omar See more »

Filming Locations:

Nazareth, Israel See more »


Box Office


$2,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$157,000, 23 February 2014

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

ZBROS See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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