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“Omar” is a 2013 Palestinian drama film directed by Hany Abu-Assad. The film stars as Omar, a young Palestinian baker who routinely climbs the separation wall to visit his girlfriend, Nadia (), and his childhood friends, Tarek () and Amjad (). The film follows Omar's life as it becomes entangled with resistance activities against the Israeli occupation, leading to a series of intense and life-altering events.


Omar is a young Palestinian living in the West Bank, who is in love with Nadia, the sister of his best friend Tarek. He regularly risks his life by scaling the separation wall to see her. Omar, Tarek, and their friend Amjad are involved in a resistance cell fighting against the Israeli occupation.

One night, during an attack orchestrated by the group, Amjad shoots and kills an Israeli soldier. The following day, Omar is arrested by the Israeli authorities. Under severe interrogation and the threat of a long prison sentence, Omar is coerced into becoming an informant for the Israeli intelligence service, Shin Bet.

Omar's release from prison comes with a heavy burden, as he is now viewed with suspicion by his friends and community. The mistrust and paranoia begin to erode his relationships, particularly with Nadia, who starts to doubt his loyalty and intentions.

As Omar navigates the treacherous path of betrayal, love, and survival, he is constantly torn between his commitment to his cause and his desire to protect the ones he loves. The film builds to a tense climax as Omar makes desperate attempts to regain trust and resolve the conflicts that threaten to destroy his life.


“Omar” received widespread acclaim for its powerful storytelling, gripping tension, and realistic portrayal of life under occupation. Critics praised Hany Abu-Assad's direction for its unflinching approach and the ability to evoke empathy for the characters' plight. The film's narrative is a compelling mix of romance, thriller, and political drama, seamlessly weaving these elements into a cohesive and impactful story.

's performance as Omar was particularly noted for its intensity and depth, capturing the character's inner turmoil and determination. The supporting cast, including and , also delivered strong performances, adding to the film's emotional weight.

The screenplay was lauded for its sharp dialogue and the way it handled complex themes such as trust, betrayal, and resistance. The cinematography and setting effectively conveyed the harsh realities of life in the West Bank, enhancing the film's authenticity and impact.


  • Cannes Film Festival (2013): “Omar” won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section.
  • Academy Awards (2014): The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2013): Won Best Feature Film.
  • Dubai International Film Festival (2013): Won Best Film in the Muhr Arab Feature category.

Popularity: “Omar” gained significant attention and praise on the international film circuit, further cementing Hany Abu-Assad's reputation as a notable filmmaker. The film's success at Cannes and its Oscar nomination brought it widespread recognition and increased its viewership globally.

The film resonated with audiences for its gripping narrative and the raw, emotional portrayal of life under occupation. It sparked discussions on the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the human impact of political strife. “Omar” remains an important and powerful film, noted for its artistry and the poignant message it delivers.


Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Written by Hany Abu-Assad
Produced by Hany Abu-Assad

David Gerson
Starring ,
Cinematography Ehab Assal
Edited by Martin Brinkler
Eyas Salman
Release date
Running time
96 minutes
Country Palestine
Language Arabic


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