Laurel McKellips
Women’s Center graduate assistant, 308.865.8279
The Women’s Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will be screening the movie “Osama,” the first film released since the fall of the Taliban, on Friday, Jan. 19.
The film will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the lounge of Centennial Towers East, located at 905 West 25th St. The movie showing is free and open to the UNK community, and the Women’s Center staff will lead a discussion following the film. The screening of “Osama” is part of Movie Night, an activity initiated last September and sponsored by the Women’s Center. Movie Night is held monthly. Previous movies screened include “Supersize Me,” “North Country,” “Enough” and “Born into Brothels.”

According to Women’s Center graduate assistant Laurel McKellips, the goal of Movie Night is to “bring about awareness of various topics and discussion through the power of movies,” and the movies screened are selected based on “varying subjects that can provide a different outlook or life experience which can enhance understanding.”
The first movie filmed entirely by the Afghan film industry since the fall of the Taliban regime, “Osama” is about a 12-year-old girl and her mother who lose their jobs after the Taliban closes the hospital where they work.

Since her father and brother were killed in previous Afghan wars, and the Taliban prohibited women from leaving their homes without a male, the daughter poses as a man to support her family.  

“Osama” won 15 international film awards, including three awards from the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe.