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1 September 2000 (Italy) See more »
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Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran... See more » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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(2 articles)
This is Not a Film – review
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 24 March 2012, 5:09 PM, PDT)

The Song of Sparrows
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 11 February 2008)

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THE BOTTOM LINE ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Said Mohamadi ... Said

Behnaz Jafari ... Halaleh

Bahman Ghobadi ... Reeboir
Mohamad Karim Rahmati ... Father
Rafat Moradi ... Ribvar
Mayas Rostami ... Young boy storyteller
Saman Akbari ... Group leader
Ahmad Bahrami ... Marriage registrar
Mohamad Moradi ... Match maker
Karim Moradi ... Old man
Hassan Mohamadi ... Child
Rasool Mohamadi ... The boy porter
Somaye Veisee ... Little girl

Directed by
Samira Makhmalbaf 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mohsen Makhmalbaf 
Samira Makhmalbaf 
Zaheer Qureshi  story supervisor

Produced by
Mohamad Ahmadi .... executive producer
Shôzô Ichiyama .... producer: T-Mark (as Shozo Ichiyama)
Mohsen Makhmalbaf .... producer: Fabrica Cinema
Marco Mueller .... producer: Fabrica Cinema
Abbas Saghazsaz .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Mohammad Reza Darvishi 
 
Cinematography by
Ebrahim Ghafori 
 
Film Editing by
Mohsen Makhmalbaf 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marzieh Makhmalbaf .... assistant director (as Marzieh Meshkini)
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb .... assistant director
Kave Moeenfar .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Behroz Shahamat .... sound
 
Other crew
Babak Karimi .... consultant
Said Mohamadi .... consultant
 
Thanks
Takeshi Kitano .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Takhté siah" - Iran (original title)
"The Blackboard" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
Australia:85 min | France:84 min | New Zealand:84 min | Spain:88 min | UK:85 min
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1.78 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Australia:PG | France:U | New Zealand:PG | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | Spain:13 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG

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Halaleh:[to Said] My heart is like a train. At every station, someone gets on or off. But there is someone who never gets off. My son.See more »
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
THE BOTTOM LINE ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP, 4 January 2001
Author: dannyell from London, Ingle

This film is flawed in any number of ways - stories are unresolved; scenes of military oppression are unconvincing; and more generally I was left with a somewhat unmoved feeling when the lights came up. I thought "The apple" was a fantastic film in its challenging combination of documentary and fiction, but perhaps that an over-simplicity in "Blackboard"'s storyline was exposed by the same honest, basic direction and storytelling that made Ms Makhmalbaf's previous film really powerful.

There are definitely many positive aspects to this film as well. It fearlessly deals with one group of people (nomads who I think are Kurdish) people who really are vulnerable and at the mercy of powerful and highly suspect governments on both sides of the border. It shows that these people have a cultural strength that seems to transcend their harsh circumstances. In its other story strand it shows movingly how children, even more vulnerable, are exploited by a deregulated commercial system. Beetle-browed, bowed beneath heavy loads in the hot sun, self-defensively referring to themselves as 'mules', the kids are old before their time.

The film also has a (more or less) powerful sense of transcendental storytelling to it. The nomads are all oppressed people, looking for a promised land. The children are mythical also: the kid's story about the rabbit has an air of antiquity about it.

Neither group of oppressed people has time for the education that the main characters offer. They are too busy surviving. The use of non-actors in the film is a strength and a weakness. In a story that is more obviously fictional than "the Apple", some performances are a little wooden. But I think the emotional punch of realism, the feeling that we may in effect be watching something that is happening today somewhere in the world, more than makes up for this formal, actorly problem.

Hurriedly, then: a flawed diamond in the dust.



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