Monday September 04, 2017

Tarique Qayumi wants to heal Afghanistan through the art of storytelling

Tarique Qayumi's new film Black Kite will screen at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Tarique Qayumi's new film Black Kite will screen at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. (Courtesy of ClutchPR)

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This Thursday marks the beginning of the Toronto International Film Festival. It's often the first stop for movies that end up being huge. But before that first stop, before a film even gets to TIFF, there can be a lot of challenges. And one film, Black Kite, probably faced more than most. 

It tells the story of Afghanistan's modern history through the eyes of a kite flyer named Arian. The movie was filmed entirely in Kabul, and while the crew was filming, at least two different bombings happened close to their set. One Taliban attack nearly killed their lead. That's disturbing on a human level, nevermind when you're trying to make a movie. 

Black Kite is getting its world premiere at TIFF on Sunday, Sept. 10, and today, the film's Canadian-Afghan director, Tarique Qayumi, joins host Tom Power to discuss the process of putting this film together on a dangerous set. 

For more information about the film's screening, head over to TIFF's website.

— Produced by Ben Edwards