War on film
Gender trouble in Siddiq Barmak’s Osama
in Cinematic perspectives on international law
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This chapter aims to explore how film can bolster or undermine claims about the legality of the use of force. Building on the chapters in this volume by Corten and Dubuisson, it draws out three key themes, namely, genre, interpretation and interdisciplinarity. Next it offers some suggestions for further research on international law and film: first, a broader vision of world cinema; second, analysis of ideology in terms of a military-cinematicographic complex; and using Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) and feminist perspectives to interpret film in ways that engage with broader debates in international law. Finally, it considers legal and visual arguments about the legality of the US military intervention in Afghanistan since 2001 with reference to Siddiq Barmak’s 2003 film Osama.


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