Blackboards

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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.


Part of the Rights and Might Film Festival

Passes to the festival can be purchased through the ticketing options for this film.

BBFC rating
PG
Year
2000
Running time
83 mins
Country
Iran, Italy, Japan
Format
35mm
Director
Samira Makhmalbaf
Cast
Said Mohamadi, Behnaz Jafari, Bahman Ghobadi

Book tickets

June 25th