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"To save her family a girl must become a boy"
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Launched in 2004, Osama is a 2003 production shot in Afghanistan. It tells the story of a young female residing in the chaotic nation that is overruled by the Taliban regime who is forced to pretend as a boy to help her family. The movie runs approximately 83 minutes and stands as one of the only movies ever to be filmed in Afghanistan before productions were banned.

The storyline involves the Taliban army ruling Afghanistan. Their repression is particularly targeted towards women residents, who, among other restrictions, are not allowed to perform labor. Such law have made it complex for a particular family to survive since they are comprised of three women and no men to work for their daily needs. These three women symbolize three successive generations including a young girl, her mother, and her grandmother. With the mother's spouse and uncle dead after getting killed in action in Soviet turmoil, there are no men left to work and provide for the family.

The mother is a former hospital nurse who had lost her job after the Taliban cut off funds for medical facilities, leaving the premises entirely dysfunctional without any medical supplies and barely enough equipment. Another foreign nurse is apprehended by the Taliban. The mother performs some private nursing services and receives money for taking care of a patient, yet after her patient falls ill and dies, she is no longer able to find other work.

Pushed to their very limits, the mother and grandmother reluctantly resort to making their daughter, Osama, dress up and look like a boy, so that she'll be allowed to work and provide for the family. At first, Osama is also reluctant to do what her mother and grandmother wishes, but is later persuaded after her grandmother tells her of a story quite similar with that of their situation.

As the story progresses, Osama is caught and arrested. She is put before the court alongside two condemned women, particularly a Western journalist and the foreigner who was apprehended in the hospital. The journalist and nurse are ruled guilty and are executed while Osama is spared, being helpless and impoverished.

Osama is an Drama movie that was released in 2004 and has a run time of 1 hr 23 min. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4 and a MetaScore of 83.

Osama is available to watch and stream, buy on demand at Amazon, Vudu online. Some platforms allow you to rent Osama for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.

| 2004 | 1 hr 23 min | 7.4/10 | 83/100
Marina Golbahari, Khwaja Nader, Mohammad Arif Herati, Zubaida Sahar
Siddiq Barmak
Produced By
Julia Fraser & Julie Le Brocquy
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