Omar

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The new film from Oscar-nominated director Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) is a tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he’s either a freedom fighter or a terrorist — you decide — ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game — is he playing his Israeli handler (Waleed F. Zuaiter) or will he really betray his cause? And who can he trust on either side? With the Academy Award-nominated Omar, Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (whose 2005 film Paradise Now was also nominated for an Academy Award) has made a dynamic, action-packed drama about the insoluble moral dilemmas and tough choices facing those on the frontlines of a conflict that shows no sign of letting up. (Dir. by Hany Abu-Assad, 2013, Palestine, in Arabic & Hebrew with subtitles, 96 mins., Not Rated, Adopt Films) Digital