OSAMA

Islamic Brutality

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Release Date: January 30, 2004

Starring: Marina Golbahari, Khwaja
Nader, Arif Herati, Zubaida
Refah, and Gol Rahman
Ghorbandi

Genre: Drama

Audience: Mature audiences

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 82 minutes

Distributor: United Artists/MGM

Director: Siddiq Barmak PRODUCERS:
Barmak Films

Executive Producer:

Producer: Barmak Films EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: None

Writer: Siddiq Barmak BASED ON THE
NOVEL/PLAY BY: N/A

Address Comments To:

Alex Yemenidjian, CEO
MGM
2500 Broadway Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404-3061
Phone: (310) 449-3000
Fax: (310) 449-3024

Content:

(B, FR, L, VV, S, N, M) Moral worldview attacks Islamic extremism, with some positive references to God such as people say, “God bless you,” plus woman says she’s felt the wrath of God because her husband and brother are dead and can no longer protect her and the rest of her family, all females; one light obscenity, four exclamatory appeals to God, somewhat vulgar references to boys and men washing their private parts in ritual purification baths (including references to night-time emissions), and blasphemous misuse of God’s name and authority by Islamic extremists, the Taliban; women demonstrate in streets for work and water hoses are turned on them, students physically bully girl posing as boy, girl’s menstrual blood gives her away, character tied up to dangle over well, and foreign journalist executed by firing squad; references to male private parts and implied pedophilia when elderly man takes underage girl as one of his wives and takes her to his marriage bed (nothing shown, however); upper male nudity when characters undergo ritual washing and elderly man tells boys what to do; no alcohol; no smoking; and, harsh government punishments don’t fit the crime.

GENRE: Drama

Summary:

OSAMA is an Afghanistan movie about a 12-year-old girl who, when the Taliban extremists take power, disguises herself as a boy, Osama, so she can escort her widowed mother looking for work. This tragic movie shows the Afghan people’s suffering under the tyrannical Taliban, but it contains some subject matter only appropriate for mature audiences.

Review:

OSAMA is Afghanistan’s entry into this year’s Academy Awards. It is the first movie shot in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2002.

OSAMA is not about the infamous Al Qaeda terrorist. Instead, it tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who, when the Taliban extremists take power, disguises herself as a boy, Osama, so she can escort her widowed mother looking for work. A local grocer agrees to let her work for him so her family can make ends meet. When the Taliban order all the boys to a religious school that doubles for military training, the girl is forced to constantly defend her masculinity. Eventually, she is caught and more tragedy ensues.

OSAMA uses real-life people as actors to tell its tragic tale of Islamic oppression. The amateur actors, especially Marina Golbahari who plays the girl, are phenomenally realistic, but the movie is shot on a very low budget with a slow-moving script. Although OSAMA makes it clear that the Taliban are terrible Islamic extremists, the movie contains some positive references to God and there are really no positive references to Mohammed, the violent founder of Islam, or the Koran. There is, however, some violence and one scene which implies that an elderly man takes an underage pubescent girl as one of his wives and to his marriage bed, but nothing explicit is shown. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® recommends the movie only for mature audiences who’d like to know more about the Afghan people’s suffering under the tyrannical Taliban.

Clearly, the implementation of Islamic laws is a very evil thing. That’s why western countries should be very careful about allowing Muslims free reign within their borders. Jesus Christ’s moral truth transcends all cultures. Islamic law is a legalistic, anti-biblical, Satanic nightmare that’s a hundred times worse than the Pharisees and Saducees who tried to force the Apostle Peter to give up the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which frees all men from legalistic tyrannies like the Taliban (see the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians in the New Testament).

In Brief:

OSAMA is Afghanistan’s entry into this year’s Academy Awards. It is not about the infamous Al Qaeda terrorist. Instead, it tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who, when the Taliban extremists take power, disguises herself as a boy, Osama, so she can escort her widowed mother looking for work. When the Taliban order all the boys to a religious school that doubles for military training, the girl is forced to constantly defend her masculinity. Eventually, she is caught and more tragedy ensues.

OSAMA uses real-life people as actors to tell its tragic tale of Islamic oppression. The amateur actors are phenomenally realistic, but the movie is shot on a very low budget with a slow-moving script. Although OSAMA makes it clear that the Taliban are evil religious extremists, the movie contains some positive references to God and no Islamic indoctrination. It does have some violence and a scene where an elderly Muslim marries an underage pubescent girl and takes her to his marriage bed, which is not shown. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® recommends the movie only for mature audiences who’d like to know more about the Afghan people’s suffering under the tyrannical Taliban.