Osama

The first feature to be made in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, the multiple-award-winning OSAMA recounts the period when ‘nobody had the right to make his or her own decisions’ (director Barmak). A 12-year-old girl and her mother have managed to survive under the Taliban regime until they close the hospital where they work. The pair face starvation because they cannot leave home without a legal male companion. So the mother decides to disguise her daughter as a boy, Osama, in order that she might find a job. Best Foreign Language Film – Golden Globes.

Duration:
90 minutes

Country of origin:
Afghanistan, Ireland and Japan

Year of production:
2003