Omar

Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Year: 2013
Running Time: 93 minutes
Country: Palestine
Language: Arabic/Hebrew w English subtitles

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. On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes a freedom fighter who must face painful choices about life and manhood. 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 accomplices and childhood friends Amjad and Tarek, Nadia's militant brother. Omar's feelings quickly become as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. But it's soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia.

"A story of love and betrayal set against political tumult and violence in Palestine, "Omar" is both classic and painfully present in its concerns." - Tom Long, Detroit News

"The film) puts a human face on a remarkably candid depiction of both sides of the ongoing cat-and-mouse game that is life in the occupied West Bank." - Paul Ennis , NOW Toronto


Cast
Adam Bakri
Leem Lubany

Crew
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad