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Les Hirondelles de Kaboul: Love in times of Taliban

Les Hirondelles de Kaboul fait planer un brin d’espoir aux heures les plus sombres de Kaboul.
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The animated film Les hirondelles de Kaboul is an adaptation of a compelling book by Yasmina Khadra, an Algerian soldier who re-educated himself to be a successful author.

He takes us to Kabul in 1998, where the Taliban stifles the love between a young Afghan couple.

Don’t expect a meticulous depiction of a depressing reality, but a story about major themes with profound tragedy and metaphor, and an ingeniously developed plot.

The softly whispering beauty of the watercolour illustration is a response to the physical and psychological terror of the Taliban. And so, in the end, this story finds a shred of hope in Kabul’s darkest hour.

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