Blackboards (Persian: تخته سیاه, Takhté siah) is a 2000 Iranian film directed by Samira Makhmalbaf. It focuses on a group of Kurdish refugees after the chemical bombing of Halabja by Saddam Hussein's Iraq during the Iran–Iraq War. The screenplay was co-written by Makhmalbaf with her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The dialogue is entirely in Kurdish.[1][2] Makhmalbaf describes it as "something between reality and fiction. Smuggling, being homeless, and people’s efforts to survive are all part of reality... the film, as a whole, is a metaphor."[2]

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Directed bySamira Makhmalbaf
Written byMohsen Makhmalbaf
Samira Makhmalbaf
StarringSaid Mohamadi
Music byMohammad-Reza Darvishi
Distributed by
Release date
25 October 2000 (U.S.)
Running time
85 minutes

The film was an international co-production between the Makhmalbaf Productions of Iran, the Italian companies Fabrica and Rai Cinemafiction, and the Japanese company T-Mark.



  • "Jury Prize", Official Competition section of the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, France.[3]
  • "Federico Fellini Honor", UNESCO, Paris, 2000.
  • "François Truffaut prize", Giffoni Film Festival in Italy 2000.
  • "Giffoni's Mayor Prize", Giffoni Film Festival, Italy, 2000.
  • "Special cultural Prize", UNESCO, Paris, 2000.
  • "The Grand Jury prize", American Film Institute, USA, 2000


  1. ^ "Makhmalbaf Film House: Samira". Archived from the original on 15 May 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Samira's Interview with Haghighat for the movie The Blackboard / English". Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Blackboards". Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 2009-10-13.

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