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Originally titled Takhte Siah, Blackboards (Italy/Iran, 2000) is a touching snapshot of Iran today. The cast is comprised of a bunch of Kurdish pedagogues carrying huge blackboards and walking down the mountains, searching for children to tutor. This scrambled picture gets even gloomier when a helicopter flies over them and scare everyone away.
Blackboards is a caring tale of human affairs and their various ways of getting rotten and liberated. There's this old man with a urinary problem, those tutors covering their blackboards with mud as a means of camouflage, and the urge to teach the youngsters with the chalk and the boards that they always carry.
Samira Makhmalbaf is a prominent and fascinating Iranian director to keep an eye on. She was brought to the spotlight with this movie, and had it screened at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
Currently living on the south bank of the Tagus river, in Portugal, Helder Gomes is a working class hero. He is a journalist for the local radio station Rádio Nova Anten. In his spare time, he skates and watches many odd movies. He is in love with the French nouvelle vague, and the Danish/Swedish invasion. He writes for a number of publications, on the Internet or otherwise, notably the underground Portuguese magazine Mondo Bizarre, and the Jazz Review website. He is also the news collector and a staff witer for the adorable Lost at Sea. Oh, and there is also the Coffee Breakz radio show that he tries to host every Saturday.
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