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Afghan film collects Golden Globe
Siddiq Barmak
Director Siddiq Barmak fled Afghanistan
A film made in Afghanistan shortly after the fall of the Taleban picked up the Golden Globe Award for best foreign language film.

Osama tells the story of a 12-year-old girl forced to disguise herself as a boy to help her family survive.

Director Siddiq Barmak fled Afghanistan in 1996, returning to make the film using an amateur cast of actors drawn from the streets and refugee centres.

The film has already won a number of film festival prizes around the world.

"I would like to dedicate this prize to the people who lost their trust in too much promises, to the people who lost the meaning of luck, to the people who gave me a wonderful film, Osama," Barmak told the Golden Globe audience.

Afghanistan Information and Culture Minister Sayed Mahkdoom Raheen said: "We are not only happy but this is a source of pride for us."




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