Chris Hanna

Hany Abu-Assad's Omar

Director Hany Abu-Assad’s latest, the Oscar-nominated Omar, is sometimes a thriller, sometimes a love story, sometimes a political drama, and sometimes all three at once.

How it manages that so well, I’m not sure, but it never feels false or forced and that’s a testament to the storytelling abilities of Abu-Assad (probably best known for his suicide-bomber drama Paradise Now), who in Omar uses an almost all-green cast to weave his tale of a group of freedom fighters in the Occupied Territories.

Omar (Adam Bakri, in his first feature-film role) and his two childhood friends Tarek and Amjad (Iyad Hoorani and Samer Bisharat, in their first roles ever) are part of an underground cell planning to attack an Israeli base and assassinate a soldier. Any soldier will do, it seems; they just want to send a message – that they can pull it off, and that they’re fed…

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