What is it about Titanic that is so interesting to the people of Kabul?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The presence of Titanic in Kabul is appealing for a couple of reasons.  The first is that at the time of its release or viewing in Kabul, there is a massive drought that is ongoing and controlling so much of life.  The film's depiction of water, massive amounts of water, had to be revered because it was so diametrically opposite to what people were experiencing.  In the midst of a drought, the presence of so much water to the eyes had to be fascinating and one reason why people of Kabul were so gripped with it.

Another reason is the escapist notion of film.  Titanic was not something small scale about human suffering.  It was an epic portrayal of how people can be saved and how there can be hope.  This is a three hour exercise in escapism for those living under Taliban rule.  The ability to believe in external salvation, a force of hope that can provide rescue, is something that strikes at the heart of so many who live under Taliban rule.  Titanic is so interesting because it provides an escapist vehicle in such a condition.


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