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Being Osama is a documentary produced in 2004 by Tim Schwab and Mahmoud Kaabour. Mahmoud Kaabour is the founder and managing director of Veritas Films, based in the United Arab Emirates. Tim Schwab is an Associate Professor of film at Concordia University.

Being Osama has won a number of international awards, including Best Documentary at the University Film and Video Conference, Best Documentary award at the Big Muddy Film Festival at Southern Illinois University, and an Aurora Award (for Best Documentary) at the Canadian National Youth Film Festival, and the Certificate of Merit for fighting racism from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.

It details the lives of six Montrealmarker men, all with the first name "Osama" (Osama El-Naggar, Osama Shalabi, Oussama Al-Jundi, Osama El-Demerdash, Osama Dorias, and Osama Al-Sarrafin) in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. One of the documentary subjects, Osama Shalabi (known as “Sam”) is the leading member of the instrumental band, Shalabi Effect and also composed the score for the film. The film has been recognized as a contribution to the intellectual and artistic debate about the Arab diaspora.

It has appeared on 12 international channels. Mahmoud Kaabour also presented it in a two-hour special on the Arab talk show “Seereh w Enfatahit” on Future TV.

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  1. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2043753/
  2. http://www.veritasfilms.ae
  3. http://artsandscience.concordia.ca/comm/faculty/schwab.html
  4. review
  5. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2042145/
  6. http://www.citypages.com/2005-11-09/movies/the-personal-is-geopolitical/
  7. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448890/
  8. http://www.thedubaijournal.com/artman2/publish/movies/Being_Osama_directed_by_Dubai-based_filmmaker_Mahmoud_Kaabour_at_7_30pm_on_Sept_11th_2007.shtml



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