Produced by Ari A. Cohen and Evan Beloff
Directed by Mahmoud Kaabour and Timothy Schwab
42 min., 2004
BEING OSAMA is a one-hour television documentary which opens a window onto the lives of six Montréalers named Osama. Through an exploration of the interior and emotional lives of these subjects, the film connects the experiences of these individual Arab-Canadians to those of their own larger cultural community and to Canadian society as a whole, seen against the backdrop of continuing conflict and suspicion between the West and the Arab/Islamic world. By turns lyrical, observational, impressionistic, and factual, BEING OSAMA is an intimate exploration of six people highly diverse in their backgrounds, interests, and personalities, united by their first name and by their experience as Arabs living in Canada in the post-9/11 world.
Being Osama was chosen "Best Doc" at the Juried Screenings of the University Film/Video Association conference 2004.