Not connecting with the Orient?

Hey, maybe it’s my extensive study of Orientalism four months past but does this statement by Marc Foster, the director of the film adaptation of The Kite Runner, in a recent NY Times article, strike anybody else as odd?

The film’s director, Marc Forster, whose credits include “Finding Neverland” (2004), another film starring child actors, said he saw “The Kite Runner” as “giving a voice and a face to people who’ve been voiceless and faceless for the last 30 years.” Striving for authenticity, he said, he chose to make the film in Dari, an Afghan language, and his casting agent, Kate Dowd, held open calls in cities with sizable Afghan communities, including Fremont, Calif., Toronto and The Hague. But to no avail: Mr. Forster said he “just wasn’t connecting with anybody.”

He’s kinda providing his own commentary, isn’t he? I need to read Orientalism again, methinks.

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