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Directed by Hany Abu-Assad

2013, in Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles

Palestine

96 minutes

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Omar is a meditation on trust, friendship and loyalty. Ever since the concrete Separation Wall divided their West Bank town, childhood friends Omar, Amjad, and Tarek must surreptitiously climb over the wall — risking their lives — just to hang out. Omar has an additional motive for dodging the punishing watch of the Israeli military and their bullets: he is in love with Nadia, Tarek's sister. He is saving his humble earnings as a baker until he is able to ask for her hand in marriage. When Rami, an Israeli military intelligence officer investigating the killing of an officer posted at a checkpoint, becomes aware of Omar's love for Nadia (a secret kept from her brother), he draws Omar into the hell of conflicted loyalties. Masterfully paced, Omar boasts compelling performances from its young cast, particularly Adam Bakri, who plays Omar in a stunning screen debut. Love, betrayal, murder, and an adrenalin-rush ending: Omar is set to become an Arab noir classic. – 2013 Toronto International Film Festival