DVD - 2013 | Arabic
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Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardize his longtime trust with his childhood friends, but it's soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia.
Publisher: [Long Island City, NY] : Adopt Films, ©2013.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.
4 3/4 in., rda
digital, optical, stereo, Dolby Digital 2.0, rda
widescreen (16:9), 24 fps, rda
video file, DVD video, rda


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Apr 29, 2018

Four young people forever changed by conflict. I'd usually say "war," but to most of the world, the on-going violence between Israel and Palestinian people in its occupied territory hasn't yet reached that status. What you call it is of no consequence. Lives are changed.

Two young Palestinian guys start out as wanna-be freedom fighters and must prove their mettle.They do: one steals a car that drives them both and a rebel recruiter to an Israeli outpost and the other aims the rifle. The hit is clandestine operation, but it quickly makes no difference; it appears there are few secrets that the Israelis can't reveal through intimidation, imprisonment, torture and--coercion. For the Israelis--as caught up in the madness as the Palestinians--It's a successful formula for rooting out dissidents. One of the two young guys is caught...

That the film is both funny and tragic is the reason why it grips viewers so completely. The skill of Many Abu-Assad, its Dutch/Palestinian director, earned him his SECOND Oscar nomination. Winning the coveted statuette may have been a secondary consideration. It's the profile that counts; profile film-makes the world over dream of. Abu-Assad, who's been making movies since the early 1990s, has it now.

The most recent result: Abu-Assad's big-budget Kate Winslet romance-as-survival feature, The Mountain Between Us, which earned big box-office. The question now is: what will Abu-Assad choose to do with the money he's made?

Feb 28, 2017

A powerful, riveting drama that easily pulls you into the life of the difficulties of living in the occupied West bank. Oh, and climbing the wall! It is not an preachy political film. It's a tense thriller with the oppression of the occupation behind every scene. Gripping and engaging and worth watching on many levels.

ArapahoeMarina Jan 11, 2017

Rich, complex, absorbing, and unflinching. Omar is a movie that kept me on edge until the very last frame, wondering how the complex story line would play out. Whatever your views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this movie plunges you straight into a world full of love, friendship, and crushingly difficult choices.

Nov 20, 2016

I found this film both emotion-sapping and riveting, one that allows the viewer to gain insight into what it's like to live in the West Bank. As an aside: Trump would love the wall.

Apr 22, 2016

A surprisingly good film from the Palestine, about a young man living in the West Bank and his association with a freedom-fighter group. There is a love story there too - a love triangle marked by betrayal. Definitely worth a watch to gain a perspective, perhaps one-sided, into lives in the occupied territories. Subtitles.

Nov 17, 2014

A sad film about life in occupied Palestine, and the difficult moral choices that residents must make under the brutal Israeli system of terrorism and torture.

Nov 14, 2014

Very good movie. Keeps you thinking about the choices or lack of them with the same result at the end. The decision lies in your moral stand.

Oct 14, 2014

A very good movie. Worth watching.

Oct 08, 2014

I wanted to like the lovestruck Omar. But his choices and experiences are only consistent with a pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli leitmotif. I am not a fan of propaganda from either side. The performances are lovely, though, so the movie was worth watching. But for me, I watched with an emotional disconnect.

voisjoe1 Sep 01, 2014

Omar and his friends believe the unbelievable. They believe that if they kill an Israeli soldier that this will somehow advance the cause of the Palestinians. Once the soldier is killed, we get to see the harsh interrogation techniques and we get to see friend turning on friend. There is a sweet romance between Omar and Nadia, but once Omar becomes entrapped by the police, we get the feeling that this sweet romance will become tragic. The whole truth becomes evident only in the last frames.

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