Film - Spotlight Filmfest 2018


Directed by Tarique Qayumi


Director: Tarique Qayumi
Section: Spotlight
Country: Afghanistan, Canada
Year: 2017
Language: Dari
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Haji Gul, Masoud Fanayee, Hamid Noorzay, Leena Alam, Zahra Nasim



Since childhood, Arian has loved to build kites — but under the Taliban, kite-flying is forbidden. This doesn't stop Arian and his daughter Seema from flying kites under cover of darkness. Intermingled with animation and documentary elements, the film tells the story of five turbulent decades in Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of a kite-maker.

Meet the director


Tarique Qayumi

Born in Afghanistan, Tarique Qayumi came to Canada as a refugee in 1983. He studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia and earned a Master of Fine Arts in scriptwriting at UCLA. After graduating in 2010, the largest Afghan TV station, TOLO, approached him to direct a docudrama series. Driven by two objectives — to get in touch with his roots and to create Afghan-centered stories — Qayumi made the difficult decision to return to Afghanistan. There he worked from 2010 to 2015 as an author, director, and producer of various Afghan TV series, films, and miniseries. During this time, he also directed his first feature film, TARGETING (2014), in Los Angeles. Qayumi wrote, directed, shot and edited his second film, BLACK KITE, himself.


Screenplay: Tarique Qayumi
Director of Photography: Tarique Qayumi
Film Editor: Tarique Qayumi, Tajana Prka
Composer: Benedict Taylor, Naren Chandavarkar
Production Designer: Tajana Prka
Costume Design: Tajana Prka
Sound: Kevin Hamilton
Producer: Tajana Prka
Production Company: Aquatinter Films Ltd.
Co-Producer: Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo
World Sales: The Film Sales Company