Blackboards

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

CREDITS

CAST
Behnaz Jafari (Halaleh)
Said Mohamadi (Said)
DIRECTED BY
Samira Makhmalbaf

TRAILER

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PHOTOS

Refugee Kurds arrive at the border to their homeland.
Refugee Kurds rest by a river on the way to their homeland.
Director Samira Makhmalbaf (centre, arm outstretched) at work on the set.
Director Samira Makhmalbaf
Teacher Saïd (Saïd Mohamadi) approaches a village in Iranian Kurdistan.
Saïd (Saïd Mohamadi) and Halaleh (Behnaz Jafari) get married in a roadside ceremony.
Foreground: Halaleh (Behnaz Jafari). Saïd and the refugee Kurds crawl to avoid the gunfire of soldiers at the border.