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BLACKBOARDS 
Dir. Samira Makhmalbaf 
Iran, 2000, 85 mins 
BLACKBOARDS is the second film from Samira Makhmalbaf. It is a stark and austere depiction of life after the Iran-Iraq war. It follows a group of displaced Kurdish teachers who travel through the mountains of Halabcheh, a border city in Iraq, with blackboards strapped to their backs, offering their services as educators and fellow refugees. Winner of the Grand Jury prize at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, the film manages to shed light on the aftermath of a highly destructive war on a micro level, as well as explore the idea of survival in general. 
PROGRAMME
21/09, 6.30pm
BLACKBOARDS
Dir. Samira Makhmalbaf  
Iran, 2000, 85 mins 
Duke of York’s Picturehouse
Preston Road
BN1 4NA
13/09, 8.30pm
BLACKBOARDS
Dir. Samira Makhmalbaf  
Iran, 2000, 85 mins 
Plaza Cinema
69 Lemon Street
TR1 2PN, TRURO
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Scene from "Blackboards"

Samira Makhmalbaf 

From "Homo Cinematographicus" (1998)

HOW SAMIRA MADE

BLACKBOARDS

by Maysam Makhmalbaf

An Austere Land With Some Poignant Human Beings

by Stephen Holden, NYT