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Gender trouble in Siddiq Barmak’s Osama
Gabrielle Simm

inside the jail, a memory that signifies the freedom within, before the rape that is soon to inaugurate her marriage. Osama could be read as belonging to several genres. Mark Graham reads it as essentially a horror movie. Its monsters, though not supernatural, are terrifying just the same … the film’s narrative bears many gothic hallmarks, most notably the lone heroine trapped in a shambling ruin, menaced by religious fanatics and sexual predators. 43 Graham also sees it as fitting into ‘the Hollywood Eastern’ 44 along with Rudolph Valentino in The Sheikh

in Cinematic perspectives on international law