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Gender trouble in Siddiq Barmak’s Osama
Gabrielle Simm

powerless women imprisoned by their religion. 49 Despite the signs they carry, ‘We are not political’, these loud, brave women demanding justice correct the Western image of oppressed, veiled Muslim women. 50 Most importantly, it is not the veiling of the girl that provides the narrative tension, but rather her transvestism and passing as a male. 51 Her entry into male-only spaces, such as the madrassa and the inner sanctum of the bath house, enables her to witness what women are prohibited from seeing. Much feminist film theory is built on the observation that films

in Cinematic perspectives on international law