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by Siddiq Barmak


A 12-year-old Afghan girl and her mother lose their jobs when the Taliban closes the hospital where they work. The Taliban have also forbidden women to leave their houses without a "legal companion." With her husband and brother dead there is no one left to support the family, and without being able to leave the house the mother is left with nowhere to turn. Feeling that she has no other choice, she disguises her daughter as a boy. Now called Osama, the girl embarks on a terrigying and confusing journey as she tries to keep the Taliban from finding out her true identity.

international title: Osama
original title: Osama
country: Ireland, Afghanistan, Japan
sales agent: Le Brocquy Fraser Productions (IE)
year: 2003
genre: fiction
directed by: Siddiq Barmak
film run: 82'
release date: GR 10/10/2003, ES 19/12/2003, DE 15/01/2004, BE 04/02/2004, DK 20/02/2004, NL 11/03/2004, FR 24/03/2004
screenplay: Siddiq Barmak
cast: Marina Golbahari, Arif Herati, Zubaida Sahar, Gol Rahman Ghorbandi
cinematography by: Ebrahim Ghafori
film editing: Siddiq Barmak
art director: Akbar Meshkini
music: Mohammad Reza Darvishi
producer: Julie Lebrocquy, Julia Fraser, Siddiq Barmak
production: Le Brocquy Fraser Productions, Barmak Film (AF), NHK (JP)
distributor: Alta Films (ES), Øst for Paradis (DK), A-Film Distribution (NL), Haut et Court (FR)
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