About The Film
The Kite Runner is a 2007 drama directed by Marc Forster based on the novel of the same name by Khaled Hosseini. It tells the story of Amir, a well-to-do-boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul who is tormeted by the guilt of abandoning his friend Hassan, the son of his father's Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet military intervention, the mass exodus of Afghan refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the Taliban regime.
The Kite Runner is based on one of the most acclaimed and bestselling books in recent memory, yet the literacy rate in Afghanistan, where the book and film are set, is the third lowest in the world: only 43% of men and 13% of women are able to read and write. The primary focus of the social action campaign for The Kite Runner is to raise awareness and support for a host of literacy initiatives, including training teachers and building libraries in rural Afghanistan.
The Kite Runner acts as a powerful platform to discuss a vast variety of human rights issues. The film's companion curriculum provides information on the history of Aghanistan as well as resources to engage learners in a discussion of complex issues such as ethnic diversity, gender inequality, and the interplay between upper and lower socioeconomic and political classes in Afghanistan.