When life brings together the multi-layered elements for an observational documentary, that’s luck. But it takes skill and perception from the filmmaker — “being there” fully — to transform this luck into a good film. And Love Marriage in Kabul is a very good film — well-observed by a sensitive director, Amin Palangi, meticulously and thoughtfully produced by Pat Fiske, and, most crucially, edited by Bill Russo in a way that keeps the story and the characters moving (in both meanings of the word) within the realities for women and girls in today’s Kabul. I love a documentary which introduces me to places and people I otherwise have no way of meeting.
This documentary does so with a fine non-judgmental eye — and we can’t help but draw our own conclusions.