Sometimes you remember stark images from powerful scenes. Like Marc Forster's "The Kite Runner" .
What would it be like living your life in a country where all men are required to sport 4-inch beards? Where "Beard Patrols" roam the lands to check on guys who shave? They'd get the beating and imprisonment for cleaning up their faces. Where women cover themselves up from head to toe - with just a prescribed slit where their eyes could peep. Women live lives through a teeny weeny slit, seeing the world in veiled cages. Where charges of adultery are vicariously thrown to women until they are stoned to their deaths - in public! Yes, I challenge that culture that curtails the simple pleasures of humming or whistling or dancing! If the birds were Afghans, they'd be sent to jail for tweeting up a tree. This is a regime that has outlawed any form of merry making: no music, no dancing, no colorful garbs for women, heck - not even kite flying!
Who was it that said "A man who hears no song bears no soul"?
It shakes me to the core knowing that the people allow the Taliban such travesty on the most basic freedom! Maybe "allowing" isn't even an appropriate term.
Aasef (Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada) and Amir (Zekeria Ibrahimi). God bless the children who can no longer play or laugh or sing songs!