Osama

The movie, not the terrorist.

Our local public library has a decent collection of DVDs. They’re mostly documentaries and educational, but there is a relatively good set of feature films and a significant selection of foreign films. They’re all available for free check out, so it’s a good way to give a film a try without paying Fundsbuster…er, Blockbuster prices.

So this latest trip we checked out Osama. It’s the first entirely Afghan film to be made since the rise and fall of the Taliban. It’s the story of a girl who, because she lives with her mother and grandmother under the oppression of the Taliban, dresses and lives as a boy. It’s at the same time a significant criticism of the Taliban.

It’s Farsi with English subtitles, but it’s pretty easy to follow.

If you want to get an Afghan view of life under the Taliban, this provides one. If you find yourself sympathizing with Islamic extremists, this is a window into the society they wish to create. If you want to see a film from a decidedly non-Western mindset, this fits the bill. Go rent it today.

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