×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Blackboards
     

Blackboards

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf, Bahman Ghobadi, Behnaz Jafari

Cast: Samira Makhmalbaf, Bahman Ghobadi, Behnaz Jafari

 
Samira Makhmalbaf's 2000 drama Blackboards comes to DVD from Wellspring with a widescreen transfer enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. The Kurdish soundtrack has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo sound. English subtitles are available. Special features include a making-of documentary, production notes, filmographies, interviews, and web

Overview

Samira Makhmalbaf's 2000 drama Blackboards comes to DVD from Wellspring with a widescreen transfer enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. The Kurdish soundtrack has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo sound. English subtitles are available. Special features include a making-of documentary, production notes, filmographies, interviews, and web links. Also included are trailers and previews of other Wellspring releases.Samira Makmalbaf makes her sophomore feature outing with this bold, elliptical look at the plight of marginalized populations in modern Iran. The film opens with a group of Kurdish teachers lugging blackboards on their backs in the rocky hinterland looking for illiterates to educate. The group splits up in a panic when they are suddenly confronted by a helicopter border patrol. Two pedagogues, Reeboir (Bahman Ghobadi) and Said (Said Mohamadi), camouflage their chalkboards with mud and take separate paths. Reeboir runs into a bevy of semi-feral adolescent boys who look haggard beyond their years; they spent their entire lives hauling (smuggled) goods through harrowing mountain passes. Reeboir tries to convince the lads that they should learn to read, but he is firmly rebuffed. Meanwhile, Said stumbles upon a wizened old man with a urinary problem and an attractive widowed daughter. Said eventually marries the woman, using his blackboard as dowry. Makmalbaf manages to imbue the film with a mood of fear and loss, making the characters' indomitable spirit all the more moving. This film was screened in competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Samira Makhmalbaf's drama Takhte Siah (Blackboards) is a well-made, if inaccessible, tale of humanity. Most audiences may have a hard time understanding why these Kurdish teachers are wandering through the inhospitable mountains looking for students. Even more puzzling is why unseen helicopters and gunmen insist on hunting them down at every opportunity. Armed with a historical perspective about the area, those looking for a real artistic challenge may find a lot to like about Blackboards. The inherently dismal tale of Kurds traveling along a rocky landscape is fortunately humanized by a few factors. One teacher's ambition touches the lives of young people who make a living smuggling goods and milking goats, and their brief lessons suggest a break in the routine of survival and hardship. Another teacher travels with a large group of aging men in search of their homeland. He gets married to (and divorced from) a widowed mother and manages to use his burdensome blackboard as protection for his new family. Even with these fleeting moments of inspiration, this film is too bleak and confusing for most viewers, although those well-informed about the pastoral and agricultural people of the Kurdistan region may find their very presence in an Iranian film to be a successful venture.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2004
UPC:
0720917541426
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:25:00

Special Features

16 x 9 letterbox (1.66:1) presentation; Making-of documentary; Production notes; Subtitle control; Filmographies; Web links

Related Subjects

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Play Previews
      Play All
      The Adventures of Felix
      Carnage
      The Circle
      In My Skin
      Les Destinées
      Maryam
      Marooned in Iraq
      Ran
      Russian Ark
      Under the Sand
      Yi Yi
   Disc Set Up
      Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
      Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Scene Access
   Special Features
      DVD Offer
      The Making of Blackboards
      Interview Samira Makhmalbaf
      Filmographies
         Samira Makhmalbaf
         Behnaz Jafari
         Said Mohamadi
         Bahman Ghobadi
      Trailer
      Weblinks
   Wellspring Logo

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews