Directed by Seyyed-Payam Hosseini, the short film tells the story of a girl whose kite flies away along the Iraqi-Iranian border. She calls three boys for help.
However, the children are not only separated by a river, but also by the explosive legacies of past wars. Then, they try to talk over the lost kite.
‘The Kites’ has previously been screened at some global events, including the 32nd Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland, the 2020 Motovun Film Festival in Croatia, the 2020 Kaohsiung Film Festival in Taiwan, the 2020 Festival Curtas Vila do Conde in Portugal, and the 70th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) in Germany.
The Berlinale jury praised ‘The Kites’ writing it “tells us about borders, how they can be dizzying, terrifying and arbitrary. And because it’s a poetic tale that shows us that language can go beyond words and that empathy can be felt from afar.”
As an international multi-day event for the media industry, the Cinekid promotes quality in children and youth media.
The 2020 edition of the Cinekid opened at Amsterdam’s Eye Film Museum on October 7 and will run until October 24.