I was able to see an advance screening of The Kite Runner tonight, hosted by the International Rescue Committee and it was simply, amazing. It's not an easy ride, and those of you familiar with the reading group favorite won't be surprised to hear that. The film is remarkably faithful to Khaled Hosseini's bestselling novel and brings Afghanistan in the '70s and early part of 2000 and the sport of kite flying vibrantly alive. My only real issue with the movie is actually the accuracy with which director Mark Forster and screenwriter David Benioff adhere to the book in that the film is relentlessly harrowing. Events that can be somewhat tolerable on the page can become unbearable when seen on screen. But I guarantee you will be moved by this movie and IRC asks that if you are, you take action to help people everywhere who are displaced by conflicts in their countries. The movie opens nationwide on December 19th and you can watch the trailer here. Check out Khaled Hosseini's Website as well to learn about his U.N. work, listen to podcasts and more.