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BBFC RatingWalled Cities: Omar

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Certificate15
Year2013
GenreDrama, Romance, Thriller
DirectorHANY ABU-ASSAD
CountryPalestine
Running Time1HR 38MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonMain Programme

Hany Abu-Assad’s Oscar-nominated Omar is set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It tells the gripping story of a Palestinian baker whose heart might be on the Israeli or Palestinian side of the wall. 

Set against a backdrop of occupied Palestine, Omar is a tense drama about three childhood friends torn apart by political conflict and love.

Introduced by Merav Amir QUB Geography. Guest speaker: Mazen Iwaisi, School of History, Anthropology Philosophy and Politics, QUB.
 

Omar’s village is divided down the middle by one of the infamous separation walls; he lives on one side while his friends live on the other. Each day, braving armed guards, Omar scales the concrete barrier in order to visit his friends and plot their resistance to the occupation. Simultaneously and secretly, he also conducts a romance with his childhood sweetheart. When the friends hatch a plan to assassinate a guard, Omar finds himself in an impossible position, with no idea of who he can trust…

The Walled Cities film season is about three cities in which political conflict is in the foreground and visualised through urban walls: the Palestinian West Bank wall, Belfast peace walls and the Berlin wall. An introduction and discussion will accompany each screening. Discussions will focus on the role of fiction film in the representation of political conflict in contemporary urban societies.

This is a CACity research group (Cinema and Architecture in the City) event series funded by the SNBE Culture and Society cluster. Visit here for more information.



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