Siddiq Barmak
82 mins, Afghanistan, 2003, 35mm, Dari (Afghan Persian) with English subtitles


A 12 year-old girl and her mother lose their jobs when the Taliban closes the hospital where they work. Rendered housebound by a repressive law that forbids them from venturing outside without a 'legal (male) companion', they hatch a plan to disguise Osama as a young boy. Osama undertakes a perilous transformation to re-enter an uncertain and foreboding world. The first feature to be filmed in post-Taliban Afghanistan, Osama was singled out for recognition in three separate categories at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival and in January 2004 was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Empires, Networks + Ruins is presented by The Australian Centre, University of Melbourne, the Media and Communications Program, University of Melbourne, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. It is an initiative of the Australia Council's Arts in a Multicultural Australia Policy.

Dates   Saturday 3 April 2004, 6.30pm
Sneak Preview Screening
Admission   Full $12 Concession $9
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