Previous Work
Asian Project Market, Open Doors - Locarno Film Festival

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Directed by Siddiq Barmak

  • Afghanistan, Ireland, Japan 2003; 83 min
  • Original version: Dari, English, French
  • Genre: Drama
    • Best Foreign Language Film - Golden Globes
    • Cannes Junior Award, AFCAE Award, Golden Camera Special Mention - Cannes FF
    • Sutherland Trophy - British Film Institute Awards

  • From the director of THE PASS presented at Asian Project Market
    From the director of THE POSTMAN presented at Open Doors - Locarno Film Festival


A young Afghani girl (Marina Golbahari) who’s forced to assume the identity of a boy in order to support her mother and grandmother (all the male members of the family are dead). Her hair is cropped and she assumes the name Osama, and quickly lands a job as an assistant to a store owner. Things go awry when all the boys in her village are corralled and sent to a religious school which also operates as a Taliban boot camp.



    Siddiq Barmak