Director: Tarique Qayumi
Year: 2017
Duration: 87′
Language: Original Version – Spanish Subtitles
Genre: Drama


Arian loves kites but a changing Afghanistan stands in his way. When the Taliban take power and ban kite flying, he all but gives up on his passion. However, to give his daughter Seema a sense of childhood that he once had, Arian risks his life to find and fly kites.

Director’s Biography

Tarique Qayumi was born in Afghanistan and go to Canada as a refugee in 1983. He graduate school at UCLA, where he completed his Screenwriting MFA. While in Afghanistan (2011- 2015) he wrote, directed and produced “Truth Unveiled”, Afghanistan’s first docudrama series; “The Defenders”, a drama miniseries, as well as Afghan “Sesame Street”. His first feature film, “Targeting” was directed in Los Angeles: a psychological-thriller about a female American soldier who returns home from war. “Black Kite” is his second feature: he wrote, directed, edited, and shot the film. He received both a grant from Canada Council for the Arts and as well the British Columbia Council for the Arts. “Black Kite” premiered at TIFF in 2017.

Festivals and Awards

2017: Toronto International Film Festival.
2018: Filmfest München.


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