Family’s Struggle Against Taliban Oppression
Screening of Osama (12A)
(Persian, with English subtitles)
Friday 30 August
Doors open at 6:30 pm, the film starts at 7:30 pm
At The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre, Hoyle Road, Hoylake
Licensed bar; homemade snacks and soup available
Tickets cost £5, available online at www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk;
From Urbane, Market Street, Hoylake; Staacks, Banks Road, West Kirby; Toast, Station Concourse, West Kirby; The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre, Hoyle Road; or on the door on the night
Community group Hoylake Village Life move on to the penultimate film in the current season with the screening of Osama, the first all-Afghan feature released since the end of the Taliban rule. In the early days of the regime, a young girl (Marina Golbahari) and her widowed mother (Zobeydeh Sahar) participate in a demonstration for women’s right to work. When the demonstration is broken up by the Taliban, they hide out with local street kid Espandi (Mohamad Aref Harat). When the Taliban take over a hospital where the mother secretly works, they are arrested and jailed. In order to go to work, the mother dresses the young girl as a boy. Forced to attend school, the girl reunites with Espandi, who refers to her as Osama. She struggles to maintain her disguise in order to survive. The masquerade becomes even more difficult when the Taliban recruit all the local boys to school, which includes military training.
In 2004 Osama won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film together with many awards for Director Siddiq Barmak, who wrote, edited and directed the film.
Tickets for Osama cost £5 and are available from gift shop Urbane, Market Street, Hoylake; Toast Café, Station Concourse, West Kirby; Staacks, Banks Road, West Kirby; The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre; on the door on the night; and online at www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk. Doors open at 6.30 pm; the film starts at 7.30 pm. There is a licensed bar selling homemade snacks and soup. Hoylake Community Centre has full disabled access and is induction loop enabled for the hard of hearing.