“OMAR” : A Film by Hany Abu-Assad

“Omar” is a thriller and a romance with unabashedly melodramatic elements all of which are brought into stark relief by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It’s the story of three childhood friends caught up in a war that seemingly has no end. They are torn between their individual desires to have a home, a girlfriend, a family and their devotion to the freedom of Palestine. Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, Omar agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game. Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abdel-Assad (Paradise Now) has made a dynamic, action-packed drama about the insoluble moral dilemmas and tough choices facing those on the frontlines of a conflict that show no sign of letting up. (96 minutes)

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