As soon as Oprah Winfrey put "The Kite Runner" on her book club list, like the others, it shot to the top of the best-seller lists. The book was so successful movie producers have just made an adaptation of it for the big screen.
The film was supposed to come out this month, but its release has been delayed. Fans will have to wait until mid-December — six weeks longer — for it to be released.
The film's distributor, Paramount Vantage, has delayed the movie, which is about boys growing up in Afghanistan, because the distributor and its lawyers are concerned about the security of its three teenage stars. The distributor is now trying to move the boys and their families to a foreign country.
The stars — teenage boys — actually live in Afghanistan. Security experts fear that the children and their families may be at risk. The distributor is concerned that the film might stir up ethnic tensions between the Hazara and the Pashtun, groups that have long disliked one another. A main character in the movie, a Hazara boy, is raped by a Pashtun, an ethnic group that served as the backbone of the Taliban.
Imagine what the Taliban or Al Qaeda terrorists would do to the boys, their families or even friends of those who starred in an American movie, a film made by infidels! Remember, the Taliban are the goons who closed movie theaters, forbade listening to music, the displaying of pictures or portraits, Western hairstyles, dancing at weddings and the possession of canaries. It doesn’t take much to anger the Taliban.
Just last Sunday a 15-year-old boy was killed because he possessed a dollar bill. Taliban militants hanged him, stuffing the dollar in his mouth as a warning to others.
Today the Toronto Star reports that Taliban attacks have killed 115 students and teachers in the area surrounding Kandahar and have shut down more than 380 of the country's 9,000 schools.
A consultant working for the film distributor reportedly flew to the United Arab Emirates to arrange visas and housing for the teens and their families. The families may never be able to return to their homes in Afghanistan.
It is right for the movie distributor to fear for these children's lives, and one can only hope that Americans making money off them will do all they can to protect them.
"The Kite Runner" is now scheduled for release on December 14.
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