The Kite Runner

Feb

25

Date: February 25, 2022

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre

Price: $7/each

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2007 (PG-13) 128 min. USA/some subtitles
Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Homayous Ershadi

A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM.

Based on the international bestseller by Khalid Hosseini, THE KITE RUNNER is a fascinating historical epic set in 20th century Afghanistan. In 1978, Amir and Hassan are young boys living in Kabul, where Hassan and his father, Ali, work as servants for Amir and his father, Baba. The boys make an excellent team in the popular kite competitions, with Hassan having a gift for running down kites, but after one contest, he is bullied by Assaf, who does unspeakable things to him as Amir watches from a distance and then runs away, not helping his friend. As the Russians and then the Taliban take over Afghanistan, Amir and his father escape to America, where they make a new home in San Francisco. After graduating from college, Amir marries a beautiful young woman, Soraya, who is also from Kabul. Still haunted by his cowardice so many years ago, Amir takes the opportunity to try to make things right when asked to return to Afghanistan by his father’s old friend Rahim Khan, even if it means risking his life. THE KITE RUNNER was adapted for the screen by David Benioff, with some of the dialogue spoken in Dari, one of the primary languages in Afghanistan.

 

“This is one of those stories that, on some primal level, goes straight to the heart.” – Peter Rainer, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

“It is easily one of 2007’s most inspiring and rewarding cinematic experiences.” – Richard Propes, THE INDEPENDENT CRITIC.COM