A very dynamic début film by Barmak Akram, called Kabuli Kid, presents an exceptional portrait of a man going through different phases of emotional excitement and maturity in a city which is trying to restore life after atrocities committed during twenty-five years of war.
Twenty-five years of war left more than fifty thousand children living on the streets under terrible conditions. As the director himself says, the main topic of his film are the children from the streets of modern-day Kabul. The story about an abandoned child turned out to be a perfect frame for all images from a city in an after-war awakening, abounding with details from a difficult reality, and each of them can be basis for a new story, a new scenario.
There is an interestingly obvious similarity between this film and Charlie Chaplin's film The Kid, which is not only based on the story, but on the similar way the main topic is presented and developed through numerous comic and absurd situations.