Kabul, City in the WindAboozar Amini
When Afghan capital Kabul is featured on the news it is often as a gray place where death lurks, but here the director chooses to capture the vibrant life of this city. For three years, the film follows a weed smoking bus driver who is barely able to bring his passengers home safely and the two young brothers Afshin and Benjamin. A special portrait about daily life in a city where there is a permanent threat.
For the film Kabul, City in the Wind, director Aboozar Amini returned to his hometown. He spent hours in a local bus that has been traveling the same route for 40 years, from West Kabul to the city center. During these rides he meets Abas, Afshin and Benjamin. Abas is an impulsive, spontaneous bus driver who knows his route like the back of his hand. While driving his rickety bus, he muses about his hopeless existence, sings songs and inhales non-stop from an improvised hash pipe. Abas and Afshin are two brothers from the poor part of Kabul. When their father leaves the country for security reasons, the eldest brother Afshin becomes responsible for the family. Without romanticizing, the film shows another Kabul, a world besides the violence, full of life and beautiful characters. A moving, beautiful portrait of everyday life that continues in spite of everything.
Directed by Aboozar Amini
Afghanistan, Duitsland, Japan, Nederland
2018 88 min.
Subtitles: Dutch, English
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