Black Kite (2017)


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Arian loves kites but a changing Afghanistan stands in his way. When the Taliban take power and ban kite flying, he all but gives up on his passion. However, to give his daughter Seema a sense of childhood that he once had, Arian risks his life to find and fly kites. This second feature by Tarique Qayumi premiered at the Toronto International Festival (2017) and played at festivals around the world. It also won three Leo Awards for Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Motion Picture


Critic Reviews for Black Kite

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

A sometimes touching, sometimes frustrating mix of good instincts and better intentions, Black Kite wants to be the most inspiring film you'll see all year.

Jun 1, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The performances are fine, including Hamid Noorzay as the starry-eyed boy and Haji Gul Aser as the adult Arian. The outcome is resoundingly heartbreaking.

May 31, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Certainly, multihyphenate Qayumi deserves credit for his deft use of archival footage and animation, which provide useful context and historical background.

Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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Weaving live footage and animation into Arian's story, Qayumi's politically charged narrative is almost too stark. But perhaps that is the point.

Sep 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The central drama is deadeningly flat, a chessboard of mono-dimensional ciphers arranged across a schematic grid of good and evil.

Sep 11, 2017 | Full Review…

We're always aware of what Black Kite is striving to be - and it's frustrating to realize it's not going to get there.

May 31, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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