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Audience left numb as Osama comes alive (movie of women under the Taliban)
Express News Service ^ | September 9th, 2004 | Express News Service

Posted on 09/10/2004 5:30:05 AM PDT by 2banana

Audience left numb as Osama comes alive

Express News Service

Pune, September 9: OPENING the week-long 2nd Asian Film Festival organised by the Aashay Film Club was the Siddiq Barmak directed film, Osama. The film portraying the suppression of women during the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, narrates the travails of a 12-year-old girl disguised as a boy by her mother to help them both survive. The film, the first feature film made in the post-Taliban era, left viewers numbness with the shocking details of life under Taliban rule.

The festival, coinciding with the 75th year of Prabhat Cinema, is organised by Aashay along with the National Film Archives of India, the Film and Television Institute of India and the Asian Film Foundation, Mumbai. Inaugurated by Vijaya Mehta, the festival was graced by Kiran Shantaram, Smita Talwalkar, Prachi Javdekar from Indira Institute of Management, Tripurari Sharan, director FTII and K Shashidharan, director, NFAI.

Inaugurating the festival Vijaya Mehta said, ‘‘Film festivals are different from other art festivals because the latter are presented live and the audience’s involvement is necessary for it’s enjoyment. Films require no great effort on the part of the audience.’’

Addressing the audience, Shantaram said, ‘‘Asian films get a raw deal in film festivals which are dominated by American and European film-makers. Thus the audience has very little or no exposure to Asian films.’’

THE SCHEDULE September 10 5 pm (NFAI) Chale Chalo (Documentary on Lagaan) 7 pm (NFAI) The Children of Heaven (Iran) 8 pm (FTII) Unnishe April, (Bengali)

September 11 5 pm (NFAI) Shwaas (Marathi) 9 pm (NFAI) The Postman in the Mountain (China)

September 12 5 pm (NFAI) Saatchya Aat Gharaat (Marathi) 6 pm (FTII) Danav (Hindi) 7 pm (NFAI) Colour of Paradise (Iran)

September 13 l 5 pm (NFAI) Memories of Murder (Korea) 8 pm (FTII) Devrai (Marathi)

September 14 8 pm (FTII) Not Only Mrs Raut (Marathi)

September 15 7 pm (NFAI) Travellers Magicians (Bhutan)


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: girls; life; taliban
This movie needs to be shown on prime time TV in the states. Every feminist should be forced to watch...
1 posted on 09/10/2004 5:30:06 AM PDT by 2banana
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To: 2banana
Every feminist should be forced to watch...

Why? SO they can screech "This is what the Republicans want to do!"

2 posted on 09/10/2004 5:31:29 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Patiently waiting for my official curmudgeon T-shirt.)
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To: 2banana
I have wanted to see this since last winter. The trailer is haunting. It got a Golden Globe, iir, but wasn't even nominated for an Oscar. Surprise. Surprise.
3 posted on 09/10/2004 5:32:03 AM PDT by Lil'freeper (You do not have the plug-in required to view this tagline.)
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To: 2banana

Osama builds day care centers... Senator Patty Murray (D WA)


4 posted on 09/10/2004 5:37:40 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: 2banana
Every feminist should be forced to watch...

They should be forced to watch for a reality check.
5 posted on 09/10/2004 5:39:56 AM PDT by cwiz24
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To: 2banana; Tijeras_Slim
Every feminist should be forced to watch...

This Republican feminist would love to see the movie.

BTW, please don't lump all feminists with the FemiNazis. Feminism with regards to the support, encouragement and nurturing of women and female children is not an evil concept. Rather, individuals with evil agendas have bastardized the concept.

6 posted on 09/10/2004 5:42:17 AM PDT by LeeMcCoy
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To: 2banana

It would be great if they would post it on the net. Or run it in swing states. Or both.


7 posted on 09/10/2004 5:42:24 AM PDT by stockpirate (Dick Morris; Before he spoke, supporting Bush was a duty one owed to the fallen. Now, it is an honor)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

They actually do say that we simply want to replace the Taliban with Western Patriarchy, so there is really no difference b/w the two.


8 posted on 09/10/2004 5:44:04 AM PDT by Guillermo (It's the 99% of Mohammedans that make the other 1% look bad.)
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To: 2banana
I saw the movie.

Very realistic portrayal of life in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule.

Frightnening to say the least.

9 posted on 09/10/2004 5:47:03 AM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: 2banana

This has been available on DVD for some time. It is a great film and, in my opinion, one of the most important films of the last decade.


10 posted on 09/10/2004 5:49:55 AM PDT by sharktrager (Nobody deserves our hostility when they are in a time of need.)
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To: dagoofyfoot
I saw the movie.

Can you talk some details about the movie? What made the greatest impression? What still sticks in your mind? Thanks.

11 posted on 09/10/2004 5:53:36 AM PDT by 2banana (They want to die for Islam and we want to kill them)
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To: LeeMcCoy
Female children? I always called them "girls." Silly old Neanderthal me.
12 posted on 09/10/2004 5:54:57 AM PDT by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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To: Skooz
Female children? I always called them "girls." Silly old Neanderthal me.

Nope, you're normal. Most of the rest of the world is not, however, and sadly the term "girls" is in some circles an emotionally-charged and/or derogatory term. Please forgive my use of PC on this forum. I sometimes forget the identity of my audience.

13 posted on 09/10/2004 5:58:56 AM PDT by LeeMcCoy
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To: dagoofyfoot

What's REALLY frightening is the notion that most wahhabists (which comprise 80% of the Islamic imams in the U.S.) think the Taliban's way of treating women is spot-on. That's what they want for the rest of us!


14 posted on 09/10/2004 5:59:07 AM PDT by shezza (Have you hugged a Swiftee today?)
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To: 2banana
What made the greatest impression?


The repression of the women, (starving) with sheer force, fire hoses, and guns.


The execution of a journalist.


The total disregard of human rights or any advancement of their society, it was like this place was in a stranglehold, (satanic) with all emphasis of the koran being shoved down their throat.

The young boys being indoctrinated with this poison, (islam) and no hope for any future was heartbreaking.
15 posted on 09/10/2004 6:03:28 AM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: shezza
That's what they want for the rest of us!


Not until they pry the gun from my cold dead hands...
16 posted on 09/10/2004 6:05:44 AM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: 2banana

I bought a copy of Osama on DVD when it was released earlier in the year. It is likely the most relentlessly depressing great film I have ever seen. I cannot explain it to you. It must be seen to be understood or, more accurately, felt down to your core.

It will leave you devastated, but you will also swell with pride that our troops put an end to the domination of these vermin.

-Toonces


17 posted on 09/10/2004 6:09:39 AM PDT by Toonces T. Cat (The Token Republican in Deep South Texas...)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

They would rather believe Michael Moore's lies.


18 posted on 09/10/2004 7:13:15 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Lil'freeper
I have wanted to see this since last winter.

Check Blockbuster, that's where I found it.

19 posted on 09/10/2004 7:14:39 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: 2banana

The hopelessness of the main character who is a girl disguised as a boy to avoid starvation for her family - all women. She is caught when she menstrates for the 1st time. Instead of the normal stoning to death, she is saved by a crony iman of the judge and packed off to a poor harem for raping / baby production. The sadness is that the iman is elderly and the whole harem may be without a means of survival when he dies. Poignant due to the recuring theme of the girl jump roping even in jail.


20 posted on 09/10/2004 8:01:34 AM PDT by rector seal (I doubt Mikey's new movie will be called "Ham spam the islamic man.")
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To: 2banana
Can you talk some details about the movie? What made the greatest impression? What still sticks in your mind?

There are so many things about this movie that overwhelmed me. Rent the DVD at Blockbuster, and you will see what I mean.

The Taliban denied women the most basic rights, and did it with such zeal, it's hard to think of one example from the movie that stands out in my mind.

When they pulled Osama out of the hole where she was hung and tortured, it became obvious she was not a male. You just knew she had bought the farm, and your heart, and stomach just dropped, hoping there would be a reprieve.

I was praying for a daisy cutter to fly over, and kill the Taliban, and put Osama out of her misery, but alas, it did not happen.

At the soccer stadium when the men all gather to watch the weekly entertainment of putting women in holes, and stoning them to death, Osama gets (rent the movie for the rest of the story).

21 posted on 09/10/2004 8:04:09 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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