Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf, 2000. 85 min.
Language: Farsi with English subtitles
Film Series Coordinator Mishaal Al Gergawi.
The Third Line gallery’s first Iranian Film Series presents an introduction to contemporary Iranian films. Noted for striking combinations of poetry and realism, these films play between the boundary of fiction and reality, while at the same time employing a distinctively Iranian cinematic language.
Set in the mountain passes of Iranian Kurdistan, near the border of Iraq, during the Iran/Iraq war, Blackboards follows the lives of itinerant Kurdish teachers, who carry blackboards on their backs, look for students. One falls in with a group of old men looking for their bombed-out village while another joins a dozen pre-teen boys smuggling contraband across the border. In this dangerous, unsteady context is there a role for a teacher? Is there hope?
Screenings are free. Doors open at 7pm and films start at 7:30pm.
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