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BLACKBOARDS

AKA TAKHTE SIAH

Director : SAMIRA MAKHMALBAF

Status: Completed

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Synopsis

A group of male teachers crosses the mountains of remote Iran-Iraqi borders. With large blackboards strapped to their backs, they wander from village to village in search of students. The sudden menacing sound of helicopters forces the men to run and seek refuge from an unseen enemy… One encounters a band of teenage smugglers, another, a hundred old men determined to return to their homeland to die.
20-year-old Samira Makhmalbaf’sfollow-up to her internationally-acclaimed debut “The Apple”(Cannes 1998) is a profound parable of history, knowledge and strength in adversity, and a deeply affecting portrait of a nation in flux.