So many foreign cultures are completely unknown by most people in America.  That is a national tragedy.  If we are going to make ourselves into the global police, we should know a little about the world we are policing.  For instance, we have all learned at least a little about Iraq in the past five years (although McCain’s recent gaffe shows us some have learned more than others), but how much do we know about Afghanistan, either before or after our invasion?  Now there is a film which can help, in at least some small part, to educate us all.

Starting this March 25th, now available on DVD from Paramount Classics and DreamWorks Pictures, is the story of two friends and how their bond of friendship remained strong across culture, class, war, and half the globe.  Based on the national bestselling book by Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner is ready for you to watch at home anytime you would like.  Bring this instant classic back with you today.

This film is the story of two young Afghani boys, Amir and Hassan, who were inseparable friends.  Amir’s father worked for Hassan’s father, but the boys spent all their afternoons together.  When something terrible happens to Hassan, the boys are driven apart by Amir’s inability to deal with that act.  The Soviets invade the country and Amir and his father must flee to America.  Then, years later, Amir learns that Hassan has been killed and his son is being held by the Taliban.  What happens next is a courageous tale masterfully directed by Marc Forster.

The special features on this DVD include an optional audio commentary with Marc Foster, Khaled Hosseini and David Benioff, words from The Kite Runner, images from The Kite Runner, and the original theatrical trailer for the film.

Most of my friends did not like this movie.  Either they thought it was too depressing (tough luck, that’s what life is) or they didn’t like that it was mostly subtitled (tough luck – English is not a global language).  This is a soaring and magnificent film.  To see the struggles of the Afghan people and some select individuals in that society is to better understand them.  We see the hypocrisy and evil of the Taliban and the loss of such a wonderful nation and their culture.  But this film isn’t just a good look at a foreign culture, it is a fantastic look at the power of friendship and loyalty and the depths of courage and possibility inside of each and every one of us.

Run, don’t walk, to pick up this delightful and thoroughly touching film today.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

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