The Swallows of Kabul Les Hirondelles de Kaboul

The Swallows of Kabul

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A full-length animated feature based on the eponymous novel by Libyan writer Yasmina Khadra and directed by two women.

‘The Swallows of Kabul’ is a very feminine endeavour in its gentle candour and colourful sensibility, portraying life under Taliban control in the Afghan capital. Violence is neither fetishised nor sanitised. The blood is seen as it soaks the burka, yet the fatal wounds are never graphically depicted.

The directors portray a regime that relentless and sadistically castigates females and suggests that women are less worthy than men. It’s entirely spoken in French (Khadra’s original novel was also written in French). Voice Cast: Hiam Abbass, Simon Abarian, Swann Arlaud, Zita Henrot.
“Effective animated drama about two couples struggling under the cruelty of Taliban rule.” – Screen. (Subtitles)

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