Afghan Oscar Contender Aims to Show More than War

Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:54am EDT KABUL (Reuters Life!) – Afghanistan’s contender for the Oscars premiered on Thursday in a cinema once the site of pitched gunbattles, but its director wants viewers to see past the violence to the richness of Afghan culture and traditions. “Black Tulip” explores the struggles of a Kabul family who set up a restaurant with an open-mic poetry corner, after the ouster of the hardline Taliban government in 2001. “I didn’t want to focus just on the war. I wanted to tell a real story about the people who dream and who hope the way we do,” said director Sonia Nassery Cole in a statement.