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The Silence (1998)
"Sokout" (original title)

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Everyday, 10-year old Khorsid takes the bus to his work at an instrument maker's shop and everyday something unexpected happens.

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Cast overview:
Tahmineh Normatova ...
Khorshid
Nadereh Abdelahyeva ...
Nadareh
Goibibi Ziadolahyeva ...
Khorshid's Mother
Araz M. Shirmohamadi
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Because of his special gift in identifying objects by the sounds they make, a blind young boy is employed as a string instrument tuner in a small village in Tajikistan. He may be blind but that does not mean he cannot see. On his way to work, he could tell the quality of the bread the young girls along the streets are peddling by simply touching their ware. His world is made more colorful and quaint because of his sensitivity to his surroundings. The only problem is that he is easily "tempted" by street musicians' performances and arrives late at work. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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9 September 1998 (France)  »

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El silencio  »

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$4,672 (USA) (12 November 1999)

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$32,898 (USA) (14 July 2000)
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A beautiful film -- with a little help from Beethoven!
26 August 1999 | by (Basel) – See all my reviews

The boy Khorshid has to earn a living tuning instruments. He's blind. He does an excellent job, but his boss doesn't think so. Khorshid's mother won't be able to pay the rent if her son gets fired. What can be done? This film both shows the hard life of a blind boy and his mother in Azerbaijan as well as beautiful images -- and lots of music, of course! if you wanna hear Beethoven's 5th, recently spiced up inna hip hop stylee by A+, in a Oriental style, then you gotta check out this beautiful film by Iran's leading filmmaker Mohsen Mahmalbaf. Additionally, _Sokhout_ is social commentary both on life in Eastern countries as well as the relationship between East and West...it is not a coincidence that Makhmalbaf chose Beethoven instead of Classical Persian music.


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