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The Taliban closes down a hospital, putting a mother (Zubaida Sahar) and daughter (Marina Golbahari) who work there out of a job. Legally prohibited from going out unaccompanied by men, and having none to rely on, they hatch a desperate plan to disguise the daughter as a boy answering to the name "Osama." The ruse works for a while, but when the Taliban begins conscripting boys for their training school, Osama fears it won't be long before she is discovered.

Cast & Crew

Gul Rahman Ghorbandi
Moazin
Siddiq Barmark
Director
Siddiq Barmark
Writer
Siddiq Barmark
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Behrouz Shahamat
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Akbar Meshkini
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Kaveh Moeinfar
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Homayon Paeiz
Assistant Director
Mirvais Rekab
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Razi Mohebi
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Critic Reviews for Osama

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  • Feb 06, 2012
    Succeeds where Kandahar doesn't in depicting the plight of women in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Holy cow this is not a film to watch if you want a feel-good movie! The horrible life that these women (young and old) had to endure in this country boggles the mind. It's an amazing insight on a whole entire different culture that needs to never ever flourish. Very well done film. Very depressing though.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2010
    The first Afghan film since the fall of the Taliban, Osama is a deeply harrowing and touching movie of great historical importance set during a monstrous regime that seems to have existed centuries ago, only it hasn't been that long that it came to an end.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2009
    Good movie, but I didn't like the way it ended. But that doesn't take away the great acting performance of Arif Herati. Her character Golbahari is told by her mother and grandmother to disguise herself as a boy so she can get a job and bring home the bacon. But in the process...she's recruited by the Taliban. Does her secret and disguise work? You'll have to watch to find out.
    George K Super Reviewer

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