The Kite Runner & The Good Lie

Task 6

Challenges of refugees fleeing and resettle in another country

The Kite Runner and The Good Lie are films that expose characters fleeing their countries because of war and conflicts, and their ability and the process of resettling somewhere else. The movies presents both positive and negative aspects of migrating to a foreign country. This text will mainly discuss what challenges apply by fleeing from a country, in addition to the opportunities given based on the films.

The Kite Runner is a 2007 American drama film directed by Marc Foster. This is a movie that both demonstrate internal conflicts within the country of Afghanistan in addition to the inhabitants as individuals. It also presents external conflicts that ensue the protagonists as they flee from their home country, Afghanistan, because of the Soviet-Afghan War. Baba, the father of Amir who is the protagonist, have to flee to Pakistan for safety. They travel along with other refugees and eventually become transferred in an oil truck hoping they might pass the border in safety and secrecy. Amir is frightened by the circumstances, which hints the viewer that this is a challenge and is an emotion that follow most refugees today, as they flee from their country. Moving forward to Amir’s days in California, his luck turns. He faces many different challenges as a refugee, but is awarded with many opportunities living in the United States.

Amir gets an education while living in California – he graduates from a community college, and is able to follow his passion and fulfill his dream as an author. Although his father and other Pakistanis are not that satisfied with Amir’s path, he still does not give up.

The Good Lie is a drama film from 2014 written by Margaret Nagle and directed by Philippe Falardeau. The movie starts by showing scenes from a village in Sudan and its people, when the Second Sudanese War strikes in. Siblings Theo, Mamere, Paul, Jeremiah and Abital must escape the village in order to survive. They are left alone without their parents, and several days of fleeing the area are ahead of them. They stay together hoping to not get caught by the soldiers. Eventually the oldest sibling, Theo are seen by some soldiers when his siblings and a couple other child-refugees hide, and is taken away when saying he is alone. The rest of the children are now on their own, and have to face many challenges in order to survive. Left without any resources concerning food and drink, one of them die from dehydration. Death is the greatest challenge in the movie, when it comes to fleeing. But as in the kite runner, the protagonist’s luck turn.

Once the siblings finally arrive at a refugee camp, numerous kilometers away from home, they receive the help needed. Some years later, the siblings (except Theo) are grown up, having the greatest hope of becoming relocated to the United States. Eventually, their dream become true. But on arrival in New York City, Abital is told she must leave for Boston where another family is expecting her. Mamere, Paul and Jeremiah are left alone, off to Kansas City. Although it is tough for the siblings to become separated in such an unexpected manner, they know they are in a much more safer place and are granted many opportunities. All three brothers get a job, earn their own money, live in a house, and receive the help needed.

The Kite Runner and The Good Lie are films that truly demonstrate negative aspects in the characters’ lives as they flee from home, but also the opportunities granted as they settle in the United States. They teach and show the audience how lucky they really are, when normally lives are taken for granted. It makes people appreciate the minor concepts in life.



  • Farstad, Elisabeth. Writing Factual Texts – Exam Preparations. 27.04.18
  • Wikipedia. The Kite Runner (film). Last edited: 15.05.18

  • Wikipedia. The Good Lie. Last edited: 18.04.18







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