It's a strange film and I actually feel I learned something about both pre- and post-invasion Afghanistan and kite flying. During the pre-invasion period, Kabul is presented as a bit of a shoothole (for want of a better word), but also as a place which had a sense of community and which was generally safe (in a loose, Third World sense of the word). By the time he returns, the word 'shoothole' is the only word that describes it.
It was a sad film, but gave a balanced view (I think) of the effect of the Taliban (and Russians) on the country and the people who remained there.
Incidentally, it's dubbed for long periods.