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The Kite
The Kite
Actors: Flavia Béchara, Ziad Rahbani, Randa Asmar
Director: Randa Chahal Sabbag
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2009     1hr 20min

In director Randa Chahal Sabbag's fairytale for troubled times, sixteen year old Lamia must cross a border checkpoint between Lebanon and Israel to marry a man she has never met. Neither she nor her betrothed are eager to ...  more »


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Actors: Flavia Béchara, Ziad Rahbani, Randa Asmar
Director: Randa Chahal Sabbag
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/24/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2003
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Arabic
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Lebanon is Proud to Present
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 02/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Kite"

Lebanon is Proud to Present

Amos Lassen

"The Kite" is the story of 15 year old Lamia who lives in a southern Lebanese village which sits on the border with Israel. She is premised in marriage to her cousin who lives on the other side of the border. Lamia must cross Israel and as she crossed the barbed wire she also passes from childhood into adulthood.
This is the first film from Lebanon that could perhaps find a place in the films of the world. It looks at the Druze community who live on both sides of the Israeli border. Druze identify with the Muslims but adapt to the Israelis. Druze who live within the borders of Israel serve in the Israeli army and they are known for their philosophical minds. The film is not a poetical film but political tensions are felt throughout.
The film is a love story. Our three major characters are Lamia, the bride to be, her fiancé, educated and sensitive who has been forced by his family to mart Lamia and a young Druze who watches as Lamia crosses the border. (He falls in love with her). Lamia seems to respond to him
Lamia is the pivot around which the film revolves. She is young but immature.
To us who live in the West this movie may seem bizarre. Everything in the Druze community is done by rules and customs and marriages are arranged. Lamia may be immature but she is strong and she has a mind of her own. When she leaves her family for her new husband she does not cry because she is ready for her new independence--something she creates for herself as women in the Druze community are totally subservient to the men.
Here is a film that is full of optimism and the enjoyment of life even while dealing with serious problems. Basically there is an allegory here--it is a political commentary on both war and tradition. The symbol of the kite to which I have not mentioned here is omnipresent as a symbol of liberty--it has no borders and it flies freely. We also see how people who are affected by armed conflict act.
The cinematography is beautiful and director Randa Sabag gives us a film that she can truly be proud of.