Blackboards

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, 20-year-old Samira Makhmalbaf's follow-up to her acclaimed debut, THE APPLE (1998), is a fascinating allegory of life in Iranian Kurdistan, a remote borderland still deeply scarred by years of war with Iraq. Said (Said Mohamadi) and Reeboir (Bahman Ghobadi, the Kurdish director of 2000's excellent...read more