Still from Omar

Friday, 17 October 2014: Omar

Friday, 17 October 2014, 20:00

Venue: (see Locations and Tickets for further details)

Programme category: Forest Row Film Society

Director: Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine 2013, 96 mins, 15

“Helped along by an amazing cast of mostly first-time actors, Omar feels very fresh due to its attitude, approach, and the fact that it offers no solutions.” – Roger – Sheila O’Malley

A tense and gripping thriller set in the Palestinian occupied territories where Omar is drawn into a conspiracy along with three childhood friends to shoot an Israeli soldier. A film about the choice between lifelong loyalties and survival, Omar was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2013 Oscars.

“ is Abu-Assad who pulls the neatest trick: His empathy for those caught in the pathology caused by living as second-class citizens is apparent. Yet he doesn’t excuse the excesses that result – on both sides.” Huffington Post

Further reading

  1. Salon
  2. Slant
  3. The Guardian
  4. Al Jazeera
  5. Interviews with the director:
    1. Film Comment
    2. Jerusalem Post
    3. Filmmaker
    4. Slant


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