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The Kite

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Vera Fogwill and Martín Desalvo, Argentina, 2005

THE KITE (EDU)
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The Kite (Le Cerf-Volant)
A film by Randa Chahal Sabbag

Arabic, with subtitles in English
Lebanon, 2003 (80 minutes)

Trailer

Synopsis
In director Randa Chahal Sabbag's ‘fairytale for troubled times,’ sixteen-year old Lamia must cross a border checkpoint between Lebanon and Israel to marry a man she has never met. Neither she nor her betrothed are eager to consummate a marriage to a stranger—a matter further complicated by Lamia's surprising admission that she is in love with the Israeli soldier guarding the border. Sabbag's enchanting drama about marriage and tradition is underscored by delicate symbolism and artful references to politics of Lebanon's territories that have been annexed.

About the Director
Randa Chahal Sabbag was born in Tripoli, Lebanon. She studied film at the University of Vincennes and the School of Louis Lumiére in France. She directed numerous documentaries, short films, and television programs before her first feature film, Sand Screens (1991). Her second feature film, A Civilized People (1998), a black comedy about the Lebanese Civil War, was censored in Lebanon. She refused to make edits to her film that the Ministry of Interior's military censors proposed, which resulted in her being vilified in the press and her family receiving death threats. In 2004, she was awarded with the nation's highest honor, a Chevalier of the Order of the Cedar, for her contributions to Lebanon. The Kite is her third feature film.

Principal Cast

 

Lamia
Ziad
Amira
Jamilé
Shirine
Mabrouke
Zalfa
Youssef
Sami
Lieutenant
Makram

Flavia Béchara
Ziad Rahbani
Randa Asmar
Julia Kassar
Liliane Nemry
Renée Dick
Nayef Najy
Maher Bsaibes
Edmond Haddad
Tamin El Chahal
Assad Abou Gattas

Crew

 

Director
Writer
Producer
Cinematographer
Editor
Music

 

Randa Chahal Sabbag
Randa Chahal Sabbag
Humbert Balsan
Alain Levent
Marie-Pierre Renaud
Ziad Rahbani

 
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