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Osama

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Year of participation 2005
Program Feature Competition

Osama
Producer(s) Julia Fraser
Director(s) Siddiq Barmak
Script Siddiq Barmak
Director of Photography Ibrahim Ghafuri
Music by Reza Rarvishi
Sound Behrouz Shahamat
Edit Siddiq Barmak
Cast Marina Golbaharani, Arif Herati, Khwaja Nader, Zubaida Sahar, Hamida Refah
 

Synopsis

A 12-year-old girl and her mother have survived the repressed demonstrations launched by Afghan women at the beginning of the Taliban regime. The girl and her mother work in a hospital and soon become aware that the Taliban have dismissed all the people working there. The Taliban make sure that no women can get out of their houses without any member of their family. If they do so they will be punished. To support the family, the girl’s mother, who has lost her job, decides together with the girl’s grandmother to change the appearance of the girl in order to look like a boy. This decision terrifies the girl. She is afraid of what will happen if the Taliban finds out that she is a girl.

Awards
Golden Globe 2004 for best foreign language film; Special Mention of Golden Camera, Cannes 2003, Awarded by French Arthouse Theatre owners and the Prix UNESCO-Federico Fellini Award, Cannes Junior 2003; Top Prize Montreal IFF 2003; Golden Spike, Valladolid IFF 2003, Spain; The BFI Sutherland Jury Prize, London IFF 2003; Best Actress Award, Cinemaya 5 Festival, New Delhi, 2003; Audience Award, Pusan, Korea, 2003; Special Mention FicBrasilia Festival 2003.

 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
 
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