The Swallows of Kabul
Les Hirondelles de Kaboul
Based on the eponymous novel by Yasmina Khadra and directed as an animated drama by Zabou Breitman and Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec, The Swallows of Kabul portrays life under Taliban control in the Afghan capital. Violence is neither fetishised nor sanitised. The directors portray a regime that relentlessly and sadistically castigates females and suggests that women are less worthy than men and is even more heartbreakingly pertinent under current circumstances.
Directors Zabou Breitman, Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec
Voice Cast Hiam Abbass, Simon Abkarian, Swann Arlaud
2019 I 90 mins | France, Luxembourg, Switzerland
French with English subtitles.
Screening as part of the Screen Horizons programme of films at Summerhall.