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 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.
“Sabbag’s uniquely Lebanese take on life and love in the middle of conflict has a refreshingly original appeal that crosses some formidable barriers.”
“Poignant, humorous, and exquisitely realized… a provocative and sincere portrait of the tragic absurdity of territoriality and arbitrarily imposed borders.”
-Strictly Film School
‘The Kite’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Arabic with English subtitles.