Khaled Hosseini describes the destructive ability of guilt to consume one’s life through the the relationships of Amir and Hassan, Baba and Ali, and Amir and Sohrab....
Baba betrays Ali, Amir and Hassan by his unfaithful decision to have an affair and steel Hassans right to know the truth about his parentage, Baba does not pursue seeking a strong connection with Hassan because of his regretful actions.
In 1978, preceding the Soviet invasion, privileged seven-year-old Kabul boy Amir (Zekeria Ebrahmi) witnesses the rape of his friend and fellow kite-flyer, lower-class Hazara servant Hassan (the expressive and contained Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada) by the malevolent Assef.
In Khaled Hosseini’s book The Kite Runner he uses a kite to symbolize tradition, differences in social classes, friendships and guilt to show how not standing up for others can negatively affect the rest of a person’s life.
In the present, a visit to Pakistan to see his dead father’s dying friend, offers news of Hassan’s fate, and prompts the older, now-married Amir (Khalid Abdalla) to a dangerous visit to his now Taliban-controlled home.
Notwithstanding the inevitable tendency of individual stories set against momentous national upheavals to conflate and simplify historical events, Marc ‘’ Forster’s film achieves minor miracles within the bounds of his broadly conventional narrative.
Kathleen Trotter has been a personal trainer and pilates equipment specialist for over twelve years. She contributes weekly to the Globe & Mail, and is the featured personal trainer in their online “Fitness Basic” series; she blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and Healthy Directions magazine; and she has contributed articles to Canadian Running, Today’s Parent and Chatelaine. Trotter recently completed her Masters in exercise science at the University of Toronto. She is currently completing her holistic nutritionist registration from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and working on her first book: Health for everyBODY! Nine tips to get you off the sofa and out the front door.
Amanda Leduc grew up in Ontario, and has lived in British Columbia, England, and Scotland. She has published fiction and journalism across Canada, the US, and the UK, and holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews. Her first novel was shortlisted for the 2008 UK Daily Mail First Novel Award. She was first runner up in PRISM International’s 2008 Short Fiction Contest, has been shortlisted for the 2006 CBC Literary Awards and nominated for the 2012 PRISM International Award. The Miracles of Ordinary Men (ECW Press, 2013) is her first novel in a trilogy. She is at work on book two, The Light at the End of the World. Amanda lives near Toronto, where she is at work on her next novel.
Ivy Knight spent ten years cooking professionally before leaving restaurant kitchens to write full time. Her first big interview was Jacques Pepin, her second was Calvin Trillin – those two giants provided the best learning curve for breaking into the food writing business and have served her well thus far in a career spent interviewing everyone from Thomas Keller to Ruth Reichl. She’s had lunch with Anthony Bourdain (burgers), brunch with David Chang (charcuterie) and dinner with René Redzepi (fajitas). She has, on different occasions; stayed up all night drinking with Dave McMillan at Joe Beef, peeled turnips for April Bloomfield, shared sips from a bottle of Fernet with Fergus Henderson in her living room and glugs from a jug of moonshine with Sean Brock in a field. She has looked for gators in the deep South with Ben Shewry and cooked lobster for Albert Adria (turns out he’s allergic). She has drunk fine wine at Noma, and also chain smoked there after hours with the crew.
Daniel Jones is a psychology professor at the University of Texas, El Paso. He runs the university’s Dark Triad and Corporate Crime Laboratory, which focuses on the “Dark Triad” of personality: psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and narcissism. Jones is a specialist in the emerging field of emotional promiscuity, the study of why some people fall in love quickly and repeatedly, often with dangerous consequences. Originally from New Jersey, Jones received his PhD from the University of British Columbia, where he was a postdoctoral researcher under Dr. Robert Hare, the world-renowned psychopathy researcher. Jones was the recipient of the prestigious Killam Graduate Fellowship at UBC, and he has received grants from the Donner Foundation and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. He is an active member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Association for Research on Personality, the American Psychology and Law Society, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. Jones’s research has been featured in news outlets such as the Huffington Post and the Boston Globe.
Daniel Griffin is the author of a collection of stories, Stopping for Strangers (Vehicule Press, 2011), and of the novel Two Roads Home. His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals across North America. His stories have twice appeared in the Journey Prize Anthology and were collected in Coming Attractions. The National Post called Stopping for Strangers “an unusually accomplished first collection” and the book was runner up for the Danuta Gleed award and shortlisted for a Relit Award. Daniel is originally from Kingston Ontario, but has lived in Guatemala, New Zealand, England, Scotland, France, India and the US. He received an MFA from UBC and currently makes his home in Victoria, with his wife and three daughters.
Her comic legal thriller, Quid pro Quo, won Best Juvenile Crime Novel in Canada and was nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe Award in the United States. Her YA mystery Not Suitable for Family Viewing won The Ontario Library Association’s Red Maple Award. Vicki has two books coming out in 2017. Short for Chameleon is a comic YA mystery about a boy who works for his father’s rent-a-relative agency (HarperCollins Canada). 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You, a mystery/romance about two teenagers who meet as guinea pigs in a psychological study, will be published by Running Press.