Black Kite


The Main 3 Sat, Apr 14, 2018 7:10 PM
The Main 3 Sun, Apr 15, 2018 4:10 PM
The Main 3 Wed, Apr 18, 2018 2:20 PM
The Main 3 Tue, May 1, 2018 5:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:World Cinema
Spotlight: Chasms and Bridges
Best of Fest
Tags:Historical Drama
Family Drama
Human Rights
Culture & Society
Release Year:2017
Runtime:84 min
Print Source:The Film Sales Company
Director:Tarique Qayumi
Producer:Tajana Prka
Cinematographer:Tarique Qayumi
Screenwriter:Tarique Qayumi
Editor:Tarique Qayumi
Tajana Prka
Principal Cast:Haji Gul
Hamid Noorzay
Masoud Fanayee
Leena Alam
Hadi Delsoz
Sin Mim Alavi
Zahra Nasim
Kaka Nabi
Sameer Nasim
Filmography:Targeting ('14)


Special Guest Tarique Qayumi Attending April 14 + 15

From Afghan born filmmaker Tarique Qayumi, Black Kite is a feature film foremost about the love between a father and a daughter. After the Taliban seizes control and ban the flying of kites, Arian is at a loss. Unable to stand by while his, and most importantly, his daughter’s freedoms are taken away, Arian decides to find and fly a kite not just in an act of protest, but of love.

Black Kite tells an uplifting story of hope, even as freedom is at a distance. Black Kite features the performances of Afghani icons Haji Gul and Leena Alam, as well as newcomers Hamid Noorzay and Zahra Nasim. The film itself was an undertaking, shot over the course of 14 days in Kabul while escaping notice from the Taliban.

Director Biography

Tarique Qayumi Refugee-turned-filmmaker Tarique Qayumi was born in Afghanistan and began living in Canada in 1983. He is an alumnus of UCLA and the University of British Columbia. Throughout his career, he has worked in television and produced several short films. His first-feature length film was Targeting (’15).



"Qayumi and his fellow filmmakers were forced to move swiftly between locations, all in the hopes of not rousing the suspicions of the Taliban: that element adds an extra layer of realism and urgency to the unique new film." - IndieWire


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