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The other Osama

This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, as Delhi reels under another terror strike. Timely -- for macabre reasons -- is Siddiq Barmak's Osama, a stirring look at life in Afghanistan. The film opens a series of screenings across in the city that look at terror in its various forms

Ten years isn't a long time -- for any self-respecting citizen who wishes peace and tolerance for the entire global community. The 9/11 attacks and its aftermath left the world in a tizzy, never to stay the same.



As the world revisits that fateful September afternoon in 2001, the Taj Enlighten Society takes cine enthusiasts on a rollercoaster of ten films through September that look at terror in its various forms -- physical, psychological, the intent to create mass hysteria throughout history's pages, metaphysical terror and terror of the self. War-time terror will also be part of this month-long package.

The lung opener is Osama, a film that pans around the time when the Taliban were still ruling Afghanistan. The 83-minute film is  in Dari, which belongs to the Indo-Iranian branch of languages, along with Pashto, it is one of the two official languages of the country. Starring Marina Golbahari as the 12 year-old "Osama" in the lead, the film gives viewers an insight into the life and times of women who weren't allowed to work during the regime.

The camera zooms into the live s of three women across three generations who must survive since all the males in their family have died in Afghani wars. The widowed mother and grandmother arrive at a bold decision to have their daughter masquerade as a boy in order to support the family.

What follows is a treacherous turn of events. Will the real Osama find out if his namesake is a girl? Don't miss this one.

On Today, 6.30 onwards
At Godrej Theatre, NCPA
entry First-come-first-served basis. NCPA and Taj Enlighten Society members will get preferential seating

Screening the terror dossier 
On: September 11
Film: United 93: A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

At: Cinemax, Versova, 12 noon
Film: World Trade Center: Two Port Authority police officers are trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center. AT: Metro Adlabs,
Dhobi Talao, 10am

On: September 17
Film: Inshallah Football: In Kashmir, there is one soldier for every 20. A Hizbul Mujaheeddin ex-militant, his son -- a footballer, an Argentine football coach and his sparkling Brazilian wife grapple with life on the streets of Kashmir. A Kashmiri kid dreams to play football in Brazil, but life in a silent war gets in the way. AT: World College, Malad, 6.30 pm

On: September 18
Film: the hurt Locker: Iraq. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb. AT: Cinemax, Versova, 12 noon
Film: Come and See: During WWII, a Byelorussian boy is thrust into the atrocities of war, fighting with a hopelessly unequipped Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces. Witnessing scenes of abject terror and surviving horrifying situations, he loses his innocence and then his mind. AT: Metro Adlabs, Dhobi Talao, 10 am

On: September 25
Film: Army of Shadows: France, 1942, during the occupation. Philippe Gerbier, a civil engineer, is one of the French Resistance's chiefs. Given away by a traitor, he is interned in a camp. He manages to escape, and joins his network at Marseilles. AT: Cinemax, Versova, 12 noon
Film: Khuda Ke Liye: Two brothers, both artistes, experience major changes at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists and the US Government; while their female cousin is abducted, forced to marry, and sexually molested. AT: Metro Adlabs, Dhobi Talao, 10 am

On: September 29
Film: M29th: When the police in a German city can't catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. At: World College, Malad, 6.30 pm
On: September 30
Film: The Great Dictator: In Chaplin's satire on Nazi Germany, dictator Adenoid Hynkel has a double... a poor Jewish barber... who one day is mistaken for Hynkel. AT: Litte Theatre, NCPA, 6.30 pm

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