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Afghan Movie Night

February 22, 2024

In January, I participated in a movie night hosted by the Afghan Students Association of Ontario Tech University. We all had a fun time, both Afghans and non-Afghans alike, as we all enjoyed the movie and the snacks provided. We started at 5:15 and ended at 8 pm. This blog post aims to share Afghan culture with the students of Ontario Tech University, and sharing my wonderful experience at the movie night is a start. 

What was the movie we watched? 

The movie that we watched was The Kite Runner. If you have never read the novel or watched the movie, Kite Runner is about an Afghan man who has to leave his comfort zone for the first time to save his best friend’s son from the Taliban. The movie portrays Afghanistan before and after the soviet invasion and its aftermath, which brought about the rise of the Taliban. Before the movie night, the ASA (Afghan Students Association) posted on their Instagram a poll asking students what movie they wanted to watch. The options were Kite Runner, the Breadwinner, and Osama. At the end of that poll, most participants, myself included, voted on Kite Runner as the movie of choice.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - Audiobook -


What did the setup look like? 

The organizers asked the guests to arrive at 4:45 in Sha131 to find their seats. During this time, the group set up the movie on a laptop to connect to a projector. They laid snacks on a table, including popcorn, cookies, Canada dry, all-dressed Ruffles, munchies snack mix, and an Afghan classic Chai/Tea. Afterward, we all took our seats and watched the movie. 

Overall experience

Overall, I had a wonderful experience! The movie was great, the snacks were delicious, and the event organizers were amazing. I am a general member of the Afghan Students Association (ASA for short), and so far, I have had nothing but good experiences with the group. I believe everyone should check out any events they post on their Instagram @asa_otu because if I enjoyed it this much, then I think you will too!

By Taha Farooqi