Watch video BLACKBOARDS Dir. Samira Makhmalbaf, 2000 Iran, 85 min In Persian with English subtitles. TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 10PM TUESDAY, AUGUST 28 7: 30PM. Blackboards is the second film from Samira Makhmalbaf, daughter of acclaimed filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and is a stark and austere depiction of life after the Samira Makhmalbafs directorial debut (at age seventeen) blends a fictionalized plot over a shocking reallife tale of two sisters imprisoned by their parents.
Experimental docudrama, openended essay, [and a remarkable movie (J. Hoberman). Desolate, they nevertheless harbor memories of habitation. In Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards, the borderland is the one between Iraq and Iran, the former Kurdish homeland, where gunfire from roving helicopters demarcates the otherwise indistinguishable boundaries. Direction: Samira Makhalbef and Samira Makhmalbaf. Genre: Drama. Summary: Two travelling teachers seek work on the IranIraq border with their blackboards on their backs, but find that neither the Kurdish inhabitants of the area, nor the Iraqi refugees who have moved to the unstable region are interested in their services.
Samira Makhmalbafs Blackboard is a powerful contemporary adaptation and application of the Third Cinema principles in the current political context. In this essay, I provide first an overview of the origins and key principles of Third Cinema and then a brief overview of the filmmaker and the making of Blackboard.
(Makhmalbaf was jailed and set free only following the fundamentalist revolution in 1979. ) In a lovely opening sequence that sets much of the straightfaced comic tone throughout the film, the cop, now an ordinary citizen, is shown arriving at Makhmalbafs home in Tehran wanting to become an actor.
Samira Makhmalbaf's" The Apple" An Analysis" Apple" (Sib, 1998), coproduction between Makhmalbaf productions and MK2, is an astonishing work, the debut of a new talent in world cinema.
It is based on the true story of eleven yearold twins Zahra and Massoumeh Naderi, whose elderly father and blind mother locked them up at home Blackboards 2003 Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf. Carrying only their blackboards, a pair of teachers try to find work amongst the Kurdish nomads along the IranIraq border.