#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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 ruse are the milk vendor who employs the daughter – he who was a friend of her deceased father – and a local boy named Espandi who recognizes her despite her outward change in appearance. Espandi renames her Osama. The masquerade becomes more difficult when the Taliban recruit all the local boys to school, which includes military training.
Plot: After the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the restriction of women in public life, a pre-teen girl is forced to masquerade as a boy in order to find work to support her mother and grandmother.
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Filmmaker Barmak’s “Osama” has its share of suspense drama – much is conveyed in a mere 1 hr. 22 mins.
The film felt like a documentary – it was simple and straightforward. “Osama” captured many aspects of what life is like during Taliban’s occupation, through the eyes of a 12-year old Afghan girl, within 1 hr. 22 mins. – it’s more than most Hollywood movies manage to get across in 2 hrs. For a debut feature, w-d Siddiq Barmak delivered a quietly poignant film – it may not be evident at first impression right after seeing the film with the sadness and injustice it burdensomely carries. As I was re-telling the film’s plot to someone who missed the showing, it came to me how succinctly the film tells/exposes what the women and children, and men, had to tolerate under such atrocious regime. The poverty level and misfortunate situation/predicaments are almost unspeakable.
The portrayal of Osama by Marina Golbahari is impressive: the bewilderment and fear on her face, the rare break into a smile we get to catch, her wailing and cry and crying – mostly delivered in a speechless manner. The other child actor, Arif Herati, who played the one who tried to shield her from trouble by the other boys, gave a brief but convincing Espandi. There’s also Osama’s mother and grandmother, and the neighbors, and the men who were ‘helpless’ in spite of wanting to help – the roles and scenes are all touchingly stirring. There are suspenseful moments and one wonders what would happen next – outcome could be predictable yet its share of drama and humanity lessen not. As a relieving contrast, a coming of age boys lesson in a Turkish bath setting was included – suspense and intrigue a-mixed. Barmak gave us a well-paced film, missing not a chance to provide insight to the cultural aspects of the people.
“Osama” brings to mind other similar ‘hard medicine’ films: Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s `The Circle’ 2000 (aka “Dayareh”), is the empathetic telling of the mistreatment/misfortune of four women in an unsympathetic society; director Michael Winterbottom’s docudrama `In this World’ released through 2003 Sundance Series, gave us an unflinching look into ‘human cargo smuggling’ of an Afghan refugee, 16-year old Jamal, with the persistent slim hope of a better livelihood in Britain; Xavier Koller’s `Journey of Hope,” the 1991 Academy Award’s Best Foreign Film, is a heartbreaking tale of enduring/diminishing hope.
On a different note possibly more hopeful, though family poverty, hardships of Afghan refugees and girl posing as boy to obtain work are still the ingredients, we have “Baran” 2001, another worthwhile filmic experience from Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi (“Children of Heaven” and “Color of Paradise”.)
Extremel;y important docudrama that everyone should see
Written and directed by Siddick Barmak this film was released in 2003 and is now on DVD. I have decided to review this movie due to the release of “Kite Runner” which I believe is insignificant compared to the importance and quality of this film. Unlike “Kite Runner” this film is based on a true story of a 12 year old girl “Osama” played by Marina Golbahari who dresses and pretends she is a boy in order to find work after her mother is sacked from her Hospital job by the Taliban. Women are forbidden to leave their homes without a male by the Taliban.
Finally the Taliban seize Osama from her shop job and put her in a Taliban Muslim school for boys where she is subjected to what must have been a horrifying experience for a young girl as she is slowly and eventually exposed as being a female. From that point her treatment is am atrocity only comparable to the Nazi treatment of Jews in the second world war.
The Taliban finally seal the young 12 year old Osama fate when they allocate her to become the sex slave and wife of an elderly Muslim Taliban man.
After watching this film I felt I wanted to personally destroy the Muslim Taliban or anything vaguely associated with it.
This is one of the most important Middle eastern films I have ever seen and is far more relevant to contemporary Middle eastern society than “Kite Runner” will ever be.
I urge everyone to see this very well produced film.
Original Language ps
Runtime 1 hr 23 min (83 min)
Genre Drama, War
Director Siddiq Barmak
Writer Siddiq Barmak
Actors Marina Golbahari, Zubaida Sahar, Khwaja Nader
Country Afghanistan, Ireland, Japan, Iran, Netherlands
Awards 15 wins & 13 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 BL4
Film Length 2,272 m (Switzerland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm