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Arian loves kites, but a changing Afghanistan stands in his way. When the Taliban ban kite flying, Arian all but gives up on his passion. But to give his daughter a sense of childhood that he once had, Arian risks his life to find and fly kites.

Cast & Crew

Zohra Nasim
Seema
Hamid Noorzay
Arian, Young Boy
Masuod Fanayee
Arian, Young Adult
Tarique Qayumi
Screenwriter
Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo
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Tarique Qayumi
Cinematographer
Tajana Prka
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Naren Chandavarkar
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Benedict Taylor
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Critic Reviews for Black Kite

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (2)

  • 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.

    June 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.

    May 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Weaving live footage and animation into Arian's story, Qayumi's politically charged narrative is almost too stark. But perhaps that is the point.

    September 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.

    September 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…
  • 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.

    June 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.

    May 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Weaving live footage and animation into Arian's story, Qayumi's politically charged narrative is almost too stark. But perhaps that is the point.

    September 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | 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…
  • It's a bittersweet tale of perseverance against adversity, of war without ever showing a single gunshot.

    September 13, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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