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The Swallows of Kabul
(Les hirondelles de Kaboul)

  •   Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec
  •   France, Switzerland, Luxembourg
  •   Global Currents, In Focus: French Animation, Women in Cinema

The lives of two Afghani couples become fatefully entwined in this moving adaptation of Yasmina Khadra’s bestselling novel about life under Taliban control. Told beautifully through hand-drawn animation, the story opens in 1998; happily married artist Zunaira lives with husband Mohsen as Sharia law takes hold. In the wake of an accident, she finds herself imprisoned and in the custody of Atiq, the warden charged with carrying out a harsh sentence. As his interest in her grows, Atiq begins to question his fealty to the brutalist regime.

“A sober but gorgeously-drawn story…an important meditation on freedom.”


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Sunday, October 20, 2019

  •   81 minutes
AMC River East 21
322 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

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