The Kite Runner

We just watched an incredible movie the other night, based on the book, "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini - one that we would encourage you to read/see if you enjoy learning about other cultures, and stories based on historical events. It came out last year (Dec 07) and has amazed viewers for its honest portrait of Afghanistan in 1978 and beyond (the Soviet Invasion, rise of the Taliban and the tension between the Pashtun & Hazara minorities). It tells the story of two childhood friends in Kabul, divided by class & ethnicity - who share a love for flying kites. There are 2-3 gut-wrenching scenes that earn it a PG-13 rating, so we don't want you to be too surprised (or shocked when you can't stop crying). It seems like an accurate glimpse into the culture and history of such a precious country.

We wanted to point out that this film was filmed mostly in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China!! This is somewhat close to our neck of the woods (or should I say desert?) so we wanted to share our excitement. You can watch the movie, and imagine some of the people & places we love. Here are a few pictures we have that remind us of the movie!! (all taken in Kashgar by friends)

three Uyghur kids in normal attire

kids playing on the old brick & stone walkways

we think this is the cafe in the kite runner scene!

The Kite Runner - spoken in Dari, with English subtitles, it is rated PG-13 (parents strongly cautioned) because there is a discreetly shot scene of a child being raped, children beating up another kid, a woman being stoned, men being beat up and the use of a slingshot.