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‘Bleak Week: Cinema of Despair – Year 2’
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In Kurdish with English subtitles
In Samira Makhmalbaf’s BLACKBOARDS, a group of male teachers cross the mountainous paths of the remote Iranian Kurdistan region. Carrying large blackboards on their backs, they wander from village to village in search of students, but everyone is too busy struggling to survive and no one wants to learn. One teacher ventures away from the group and meets up with a group of boys carrying contraband across the border. Another teacher comes upon a group of old refugees who want to return to their village in Kurdistan which was chemically attacked by the Iraquis. The teachers face other hardships and obstacles including unseen enemy helicopters and gunfire.
DISTRIBUTOR: Leisure Time Features
COUNTRY: Iran, Italy, Japan
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