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Blackboards

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.
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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.
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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 2/17/2004
  • UPC: 720917541426
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Lorber
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bahman Ghobadi Reeboir
Behnaz Jafari Halaleh
Technical Credits
Samira Makhmalbaf Director, Screenwriter
Mohamed Ahmadi Executive Producer
Ebrahim Ghafuri Cinematographer
Mohsen Makhmalbaf Screenwriter
Behrouz Shahamat Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. No Students [4:44]
2. Camouflage [1:41]
3. Separating [1:20]
4. Reading a Letter [4:09]
5. Asking for Direction [4:24]
6. Mules [4:14]
7. Lost Their Way [4:48]
8. Marriage Proposal [5:14]
9. A Story [5:07]
10. Go Play [1:37]
11. Nut Game [4:32]
12. Help Me [2:25]
13. Mercy [1:54]
14. "Run Quick!" [1:53]
15. A Steep Fall [2:05]
16. Learning [3:45]
17. A Rabbit [4:11]
18. Zero [3:39]
19. Escape [1:36]
20. The Herd [3:17]
21. Fresh Milk [2:44]
22. Protection [4:01]
23. At the Border [3:46]
24. Divorce [4:32]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Play Previews
      Play All
      The Adventures of Felix
      Carnage
      The Circle
      In My Skin
      Les DestinĂ©es
      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
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