Monday, January 21, 2008

The Kite Runner: The Movie with a Purpose

The Hollywood has turned the novel, The Kite Runner, written by an Afghan-American into a movie. The picturesque movie, more than the prosaic novel, strives hard to sow the seeds of ethnic hatred, sectarian hostility, and possibly violence between diverse national groups of Afghanistan. According to the story, the Sunni bully rapes the Shia boy. The Sunni rapist belongs to the dominant ethnic group, called Pushtuns. The sodomized boy is the member of a minority ethnic group, known as Hazarajat. When the Taliban come to power, the Sunni rapist joins the puritanical movement and becomes a state official---but continues to rape boys. To perhaps make the story attractive to Hollywood filmmakers, the Sunni rapist bully---blond and blue-eyed---is shown to be the son of Afghan father and German mother—a crude suggestion that when Muslims marry Germans, demons are born.

The movie is presumably hate speech, allowed under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. It is unclear whether the movie would be a violation of Article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which prohibits "any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence." The government of Afghanistan has banned the movie. See Combating Defamation of Religions