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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]

Blackboards
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Directed bySamira Makhmalbaf
Written byMohsen Makhmalbaf
Samira Makhmalbaf
StarringSaid Mohamadi
Music byMohammad-Reza Darvishi
Distributed byArtificial Eye (UK)
Leisure Time Features (USA)
Wellspring Media (US DVD)
Release date
25 October 2000 (U.S.)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryIran
Italy
Japan
LanguageKurdish

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.

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AwardsEdit

  • "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

ReferencesEdit

  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". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 2009-10-13.

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