36th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 25-29, 2023

Black Kite

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When political turmoil in Afghanistan jeopardizes Arian’s love for kite flying, he is forced to let go of his favorite pastime. As a child, Arian learned the craft from his father but soon the rule of the Taliban leads to a ban on kite flying. Flashbacks of Arian’s youth capture how the hopeless dreamer rebelled against the ban and how this sense of freedom led to his fixation. Arian, now a grown man and father, risks his life in an effort to share his passion with his daughter. Filmmaker Tarique Qayumi unveils five decades of destruction wrought by the Taliban, demonstrating how the climate of the war impacts the forbidden craft throughout Arian’s life. Discussion with writer-director Tarique Qayumi and producer Tajana Prka, moderated by John Gates (UVA)


Friday, November 2


8:00 PM


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Film Info

Director: Tarique Qayumi.

Runtime: 87 min.

Year: 2017

Country: Canada/Afghanistan

Language: Dari

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Haji Gul Aser, Leena Alam, Zohra Nasim, Hamid Noorzay, Masuod Fanayee, Sameer Nasim.