Archive of films Blackboard / Takhté Siah

Iran
2000, 85 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2004

After a bombing in Iranian Kurdistan, teachers wander from one city to another seeking pupils. A metaphoric, symbolic film which combines documentary elements with strong poetic images.


Synopsis

After a bombing in Iranian Kurdistan, teachers wander from one city to another seeking pupils. Along the way, one of them meets a group of teenagers secretly planning to cross the border. He tries to teach them how to read and write but no one really cares. Another teacher meets a group of old people trying to get back to their homeland... This metaphoric, symbolic film combines documentary elements with strong poetic images.

About the director

Samira Makhmalbaf (b. 1980, Tehran) became involved in cinema at the age of seven when she appeared in The Cyclist (1988), directed by her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Ten years later she worked as an assistant director on his film Silence (1998). She made two videos before directing her first feature, The Apple, in 1997. Her subsequent features, Blackboards (2000) and At Five in the Afternoon (2003) received Jury Prizes at Cannes. She also contributed to the omnibus work 11’09’01 (2002).

Contacts

Makhmalbaf Film House
, 14157, Tehran
Iran
Fax: +98 218 952 200
E-mail: [email protected]
www: www.makhbalbaf.com

Wild Bunch
65 rue de Dunkerque, 75009, PARIS
France
Tel: +33 143 132 130
Fax: + 33 1 431 321 30
E-mail: [email protected]
www: www.wildbunch.biz

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
   
Director: Samira Makhmalbaf
Screenplay: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Samira Makhmalbaf
Dir. of Photography: Ebrahim Ghafori
Music: Mohamed Zera Darvishi
Editor: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Production: Makhmalbaf Film House, koprodukce / co-production: Wild Bunch
Cast: Bahman Ghobadi, Said Mohamad, Behnaz Jafari
Contact: Makhmalbaf Film House, Wild Bunch

Guests

Samira Makhmalbaf

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