In the broken cityscape of Kabul, Afghanistan, amid the dust and rubble of war, Westerners and Afghans adjust to the uncertain possibilities of peace. "Kabul Transit" shuttles through the ...
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In the broken cityscape of Kabul, Afghanistan, amid the dust and rubble of war, Westerners and Afghans adjust to the uncertain possibilities of peace. "Kabul Transit" shuttles through the broken streets of the city, moving between public space and private, listening in on conversations, posing questions, probing the darker alleys mainstream media avoids. The result is a unique cinematic experience-- a shifting mosaic of encounters and raconteurs, captured glances and telling gestures, all beautifully shot and woven together by the music and the found sounds of a city sluggishly coming to life. Rejecting the usual device of narration and portraiture, the film asks the viewer to experience Kabul as a newly arrived visitor would-- with a freshness born of apprehension on finding oneself in a place that is at once hauntingly strange and altogether familiar. Written by
Akbar Taxiwan Pictures
this is easily one of the best films i've seen in 2007. beautifully composed, full of thoughtfully chosen, seemingly simple scenes that grow more complex as you think through all you see in this outstanding documentary. to those accustomed to a more direct style of narration (where the omniscient narrator "explains" what you see), the lack of voice-over and the seemingly disjointed cuts between scenes may be a bit jarring and unfamiliar to some viewers. but the sparse style fits the subject perfectly. filmed in kabul over many months, the film offers an amazing and thought-provoking glimpse into everyday life in the afghan capital, putting in focus not just politicians and soldiers, but also the city youth, the university students, the ordinary citizens whose patience, humor, desires, and demands are conveyed with an indirect but moving kindness. kudos to the film-makers for giving us such a terrific movie.
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