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About Black Kite

Runtime: 85 minutes

Language: Dari

Genre: Drama

Arian loves kites but a changing Afghanistan stands in his way. When the Taliban take power and ban kite flying, He all but gives upon his passion. However, to give his daughter Seem a sense of childhood that the once had, Arian risks his life to find and fly kites.

Cast: Haji Gul Aser, Leena Alam, Zohra Nasim


Premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2017

Director: Tarique Qayumi

Tarique Qayumi was born in Afghanistan and came to Canada as a refugee in 1983. He attended undergrad at the school of creative writing at the University of British Columbia and graduate school at UCLA, where he completed his Screenwriting MFA and developed a strong interest in directing. After graduating in 2010, Qayumi was approached by TOLO TV, the largest television station in Afghanistan, 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. While in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2015 he wrote, directed and produced “Truth Unveiled”, a sixteen part half-hour docudrama series; “Defenders”, a six-hour drama miniseries; as well as Afghan version of “Sesame Street”, season two and three. During this time, he also directed his first feature “Targeting” in Los Angeles, a psychological-thriller about a female American soldier who returns home from war. Upon returning to Vancouver, Tarique was one of five chosen from across Canada for the NSI Corus Diverse TV Directing Program.