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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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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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Absurdism in the mountains of Iranian Kurdistan See more (22 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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Absurdism in the mountains of Iranian Kurdistan, 23 February 2015

Released in 2000, BLACKBOARDS was the second film by Samira Makhmalbaf, daughter of acclaimed Iranian auteur Mohsen Makhmalbaf and a precocious director in her own right. As the film opens, a group of itinerant teachers lug blackboards into the mountains of Iranian Kurdistan, seeking to bring education to this illiterate, impoverished region in exchange for some meagre income.

Two of the teachers quickly branch off from the group, and the film follows their adventures. Saïd (Saïd Mohamadi) falls in with a group of nomads trying to get back to their native land across the border in Iraqi Kurdistan. Rebwar (Bahman Ghobadi) meets a group of children transporting contraband over the border. The teacher's efforts to help the locals learn to read and write are rebuffed time and time again, to the point that the film takes on the quality of a play by Samuel Beckett or Harold Pinter. Saïd's attempts to get through to the lone woman in the party (Behnaz Jafari) are the height of absurdism.

Samira Makhmalbaf's visual aesthetic is mainly that of her father's early films, and the film evokes the beauty of this mountainous region, as well as the desolation that causes its poverty. And it's cool that the dialogue is in Kurdish, as there aren't so many films available in the West that highlight this people. However, I must say that I found other aspects disappointing. BLACKBOARDS makes a thought-provoking point that the poor are too busy surviving to worry about ideals like education, but the script doesn't really hang together. The acting is also inconsistent, with a big disconnect between the professional actors and the local Kurds who were brought on.

You might take a chance on BLACKBOARDS. I certainly don't regret seeing it, it's memorable and there's some humour. But I remain unsatisfied.

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