The Swallows of Kabul 18

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This film was last shown on 3 December 2019

'Effective animated drama about two couples struggling under the cruelty of Taliban rule' - Screen

Based on the eponymous novel by Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra and directed by two women, The Swallows of Kabul is a very feminine endeavour in its gentle candour and colourful sensibility, portraying life under Taliban control in the Afghan capital. Violence is neither fetishised nor sanitised. The blood is seen as it soaks the burka, yet the fatal wounds are never graphically depicted. The directors portray a regime that relentlessly and sadistically castigates females and suggests that women are less worthy than men. It’s entirely spoken in French (Khadra’s original novel was also written in French).

NB: This film has not been given an official age rating/certificate by the BBFC, so please note that no one under the age of 18 can attend this screening. However the age rating provided is not necessarily representative of the content or themes found within the film.

Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec , Zabou Breitman
France, Luxembourg, Switzerland
1 hour 20 minutes


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