Omar -- Omar, a young baker turned freedom fighter, 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.
Omar is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up his girl Nadja. By night, he’s either a freedom fighter or a terrorist—you decide—ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends.
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A tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he s either a freedom fighter or a terrorist you decide ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat).
Interview with Actor Waleed F. Zuaiter for Omar which will premiere at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Theatrical trailer for Omar.
A tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he's either a freedom fighter or a terrorist you decide ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game is he playing his Israeli handler (Waleed F. Zuaiter) or will he really betray his cause? And who can he trust on either side? Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad has made a dynamic, action-packed drama about the insoluable moral dilemmas and tough choices facing those on the frontlines of a conflict that shows no sign of letting up.
Feature trailer for Omar.
Omar climbs over a separation wall and through bullets for Nadia's love. He is a thoughtful boy and a focused baker. He lands on the other side a resistance fighter who faces choices about how to be a man. The occupied West Bank knows neither simple love nor clear war. Who's an enemy depends on circumstance. Friends are captured, tortured and given the choice between life and loyalty. Suspicion and betrayal blot out trust. Absurd humiliations distort confidence and honor. Like the characters, enduring traditions also have no home. The youthful wills in Omar and in Tareq, Nadia's militant brother, are both fighting for different freedoms - for self and for the people. Omar's inner geography becomes as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. Tareq fights on all fronts to protect his sister, tradition, his country and his friends. The brutal and beautiful uncertainty of the human condition is as much the hero of the film as Omar. We're left to wonder the impact of the choices we make when all our reference points have been destroyed.
Collection of footage from the Omar screening at the New York Film Festival.
Trailer for Omar.
Omar marks the return to the Festival of Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, whose Paradise Now was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film a first for a Palestinian entry. His latest, Omar, which took the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize this year at Cannes, is a noir psychological thriller set in the occupied West Bank, and a meditation on trust, friendship, loyalty, and the way individuals can become driven, consciously or not, to harm those close to their heart.
Ever since the concrete Separation Wall divided their West Bank town, childhood friends Omar (Adam Bakri), Amjad (Samer Bisharat) and Tarek (Eyad Hourani) must surreptitiously climb over the wall risking their lives just to hang out. Omar has an additional motive for dodging the punishing watch of the Israeli military and their bullets: he is in love with Nadia (Leem Lubany), Tarek's younger sister. Handsome and slick, he is saving his humble earnings as a baker until he is able to ask for her hand in marriage.
When Rami (Waleed Zuaiter), an Israeli military intelligence officer investigating the killing of an officer posted at a checkpoint, becomes aware of Omar's love for Nadia (a secret kept from her brother), he draws Omar into the hell of conflicted loyalties.
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