Monday, March 07, 2005

Hmmm....

I watched a movie called 'Osama' (2003). It's an incredibly moving film and gives a haunting look at how women are viewed and treated in Afganistan. Here's imdb's synopsis:

A 12-year-old Afghan girl and her mother lose their jobs when the Taliban closes the hospital where they work. The Taliban have also forbidden women to leave their houses without a male "legal companion." With her husband and brother dead, killed in battle, there is no one left to support the family. Without being able to leave the house, the mother is left with nowhere to turn. Feeling that she has no other choice, she disguises her daughter as a boy. Now called 'Osama,' the girl embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she tries to keep the Taliban from finding out her true identity. Inspired by a true story, Osama is the first entirely Afghan film shot since the fall of the Taliban.

The actors are all amateurs from Kabul, and they did a stunning job. My advice: do not watch this movie on a 'sad' night, alone, in bed, powerful bad idea. powerful bad.

12 comments:

chilidawg said...

sounds intresting chi-lan

CBSpaceCowboy said...

Yeah, I have heard of this movie before, but I can never find it at a movie store. Sounds like a pretty intense movie. I'd like to see it someday. And let me guess...since you said don't watch it on a sad night alone, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you probably did just that. So I think I'll listen to your advice since most of my nights are sad anymore. Thanks Chi-Lan for the heads up.

chinpokomon said...

Wow... I was wondering what happend to Chi-Lan, she hasn't posted in a long time... wonder if she used any of the ideas for "Crotches Across America"?

Brent said...

Chi... I hope that you and Cowboy aren't too sad. I hope things are going well for you, I did read that your last entry was a very serious note. I usually like watching movies a little more upbeat.. it sounds like a touching movie. I do hope the scenario you painted in the last paragraph didn't pertain to you.

I think you are a very social person.. who is always the life of the party and when you feel bad, it's hard to hide it.

As for me... and shhhh don't tell anyone. I went through a divorce 2 years ago. I recently sold my house.. but hey, I have found someone and might even go to live in Jakarta and get married. Things are never what they seem. You have your youth beauty and chubby brain!!!!!

yam said...

wow, one little off-hand comment and everyone gets all serious? i'm hoping it's just one of those movies that really touches you and that's it.

brian

Jason aka Dark Magician 25 said...

Wow that sounds like an intersting movie...guess that is one of the biggest advantages to living in a big city like LA. By the way how did the LCD beltbuckle peice go. Saldy due to unforseen problems...ie my school sucks and wont get G4 so i can keep up the TSS crew...I wont be able to watch it...probably ever :(. Anyway i hope you had a good weekend.

Boss of Sad said...

I wanted to see that in theatres but never got around to it. I should probably Netflix it (not anytime soon, though - I think Hotel Rwanda filled my "depressing movie" quota through about mid-May). Still, it sounds intriguing - a hard look at just how ridiculously oppressive theocratic regimes can be (are you listening, James Dobson????).

I liked the Delphi segment last night, Chi. Actually, all your product reviews have been pretty good - well-produced and informative, balancing positives and negatives for each device.

I'm curious to know what went through your head when that guy called in a couple weeks ago with the foot question... :-)

Thaman said...

It is just sad how they treat females. A woman is just as powerful and important as a man.

Thaman said...

I actually saw the movie on Sundance or IFC. It was one of those channels.

Car! Martin said...

hi chi-lan. i have not seen it yet, but look forward to catching it in the immediate future. i'm actually writing to let you know how much i enjoy your work on the show. your energy is completely refreshing and your sensibilities shine through even in the smallest segments. please continue doing what you do. you're great at it! best... C!

Unicronz said...

sounds kinda like Mulan with the whole girl pretending to be a man to serve for her family thing. Lets get down to business to deafeat .......the huns!!!!! could be a cool flick but i dunno how believable it is because how could a woman keep her true sex hidden in such an oppressive society like a taliban ruled area? maybe if it were done as a musical then itd be more belivable then you could just enjoy the tunes.

Im a woman in disguise.... my hearts filled with tears inside

my dad and brother are no more they died so long ago and we can not get to the stoooooooooore!!!

cause women cant walk round these taliban streets unless a man comes along...

we have to stay inside and hope for rights that we longer oooooooown...

cause taliban says noooooooooo!!!!!!

Brent said...

Well Chi-Lan , I hope all is going well with you... we your obsequious posters have to wait until you post something until we release a torrent of comments.. ha ha

Anywho.. I just got a Lacie 500 gig drive today and have it hooked to the Firewire 800 port on my powerbook.. it is way cool. Now I've got some space for all those iMovie projects.

You should do a podcast... we would love to hear your voice.. if even for a few minutes. I guess you are very busy now because your updates are getting fewer... but that's good.

I did get a kick out of the segment you did on the virtual window and you had your Germany Jump in the background.