The House is Black is an
empathetic portrait of a leper colony from Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad.
work, both in film and poetry, has influenced everyone from Iranian New Wave
master Abbas Kiarostami to French essay film pioneer Chris Marker.
The House is Black, Farrokhzad
unflinchingly captures the world of a leper colony in Tabriz, Iran. She recites
her own poetry over images of everyday life for a people shut away from
society. Farrokhzad’s portrait highlights a world weighed down by tragedy yet
uplifted by community. The result is a heartbreaking film that eschews
condescension in favor of hard-won empathy.
on this DVD are two important short films by master director Mohsen Makmalbaf. The School That Was Blown Away (1996) is
about an old man who visits a school for nomad children, while Images From the Qajar Dynasty (1992)
explores the visual works from the Qajar Dynasty, including the first
photography and cinematography shot in Iran.
Forough Farrokhzad. Writer: Forough Farrokhzad. Cinematographer: Soleyman
Minasian. Producers: Ebrahim Gulistan.
by Forough Farrokhzad and Mohsen Makmalbaf, Iran, 1963-1996, 48 minutes. In
Farsi with English subtitles.