Blackboards

A FILM BY Samira Makhmalbaf

Poetic, heartbreaking.
-V.A. Musetto, NEW YORK POST
An indelible and ultimately moving vision of humanity...
-Stephen Holden, NEW YORK TIMES
An intelligent, multi-layered and profoundly humanist (not to mention gently political) meditation on the values of knowledge, education, and the affects of cultural and geographical displacement.
-David Wood, BBC

Synopsis

A group of male teachers crosses the mountainous paths of the remote Iranian Kurdistan region. Carrying large blackboards on their backs, they wander from village to village in search of students. Said meets a group of 100 or so old men accompanied by a sole young woman and child. They are closed and uninterested in learning. One of the old men feels he can only find peace if his young widowed daughter, Halaleh, marries before his death. Said has only his blackboard to offer in exchange for her hand in marriage...

Release Date

Original Languages: Kurdish
Genre: Drama, World Cinema
Running Time: 84 min.
Year: 2000

CREDITS

CAST
Behnaz Jafari
Said Mohamadi
DIRECTED BY
Samira Makhmalbaf