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Бегущий за ветром (2007 )
In the 70’s in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir’s father house, playing and kiting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father’s best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kiting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir’s kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam’s bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There is a way to be good again.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA )
Rated PG-13 for strong thematic material including the rape of a child, violence and brief strong language | See all certifications
11 January 2008 (USA) See more
Also Known As:
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$20 000 000 (estimated)
$471 713 (USA) (14 December 2007)
$15 797 907 (USA) (11 April 2008)
Did You Know?
In the DVD commentary, Mark Forster said he insisted that the Afghani characters speak Dari to make the film as authentic as possible. Author Khaled Hosseini says “Iran and Afghanistan share a language. They call it Farsi in Iran, and we call it Dari in Afghanistan. It’s essentially the same language, but the accent is very different.” The man at the soccer game speaks in Pashto, Afghanistan’s other main language. See more
In the scene at the stadium just before the Taliban official gives his speech there is a soccer game going on and most of the players are wearing shorts. The Taliban did not allow shorts or revealing clothes of any kind to be worn, even at an athletic event. They imprisoned and persecuted members of visiting Pakistani teams for wearing shorts. See more
Baba. There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.
Written by Johannes Bouwens
Performed by George Baker Selection
Courtesy of EMI Music Netherlands BV
Under license from EMI Film Television Music
Frequently Asked Questions
Very moving and personal
I just watched this film at an advanced screening. I had not read the book, and knew nothing of the story, but went because the book was voted Book of the Year by two local colleges. So I cannot compare the book with the movie as others have done.
In short, I thought this was an incredibly moving story. The acting was believable, and the insight into Afghan culture and political history was both interesting and shocking. My oldest friend is Iranian-American, and so I felt an affinity for certain Middle Eastern values and traditions that were portrayed in the movie, as they reminded me of the times I spent with his family.
The themes of friendship, family, human values, and courage under fire are universal, and are well developed in the film. I won t list the plot details, as these can be obtained elsewhere. But based on the film s technical aspects, the acting, and, above all, its heart-wrenching story, I would definitely recommend this movie.
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