I am afraid that I was extremely disappointed by this film, which more or less depicted all the Afghan people as cruel and evil barbarians, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. The gratuitous dog-fighting episode seemed designed to emphasize this.
It was set, according to the box, in the post-Taliban era. Were we supposed to believe that things were worse under the Taliban?
I really cannot believe that they were, for they, at least, had some sort of organization, unlike the chaos shown here.
Like the three star reviewer, I found myself almost completely uninvolved with the characters, as to me, the children really showed little emotion, as if they were just reading their lines, but not feeling them.
The "Fluffy Dog" yapped far too much as well, and would surely have annoyed the Afghans just as much as it annoyed me.
This compares very unfavorably with Chinese films about children, where the young actors really "live" their roles