Blackboards, directed by Samira Makhmalbaf, offers a visually memorable and surreal look at a group of Kurdish refugees making their way back to Iraq to die, seen through the eyes of a wandering band of teachers, who travel through the mountainous terrain between Iraq and Iran with giant blackboards strapped to their backs.
Although the teachers too are on the run they doggedly climb up and down mountains with blackboards on their backs, calling out to peasants, “Do you know how to read and write? Do your children know how to read and write?” They will work for food but nobody has any food here. Not even for themselves.
Screening on 35mm.
Passes to the festival can be purchased through the ticketing options for this film.
- BBFC rating
- Running time
- 83 mins
- Iran, Italy, Japan
- Samira Makhmalbaf
- Said Mohamadi, Behnaz Jafari, Bahman Ghobadi