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Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf
Written by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Samira Makhmalbaf
Starring Said Mohamadi
Music by Mohammad-Reza Darvishi
Distributed by Artificial Eye (UK)
Leisure Time Features (USA)
Wellspring Media (US DVD)
Release date
25 October 2000 (U.S.)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Iran
Language Kurdish

Blackboards (Persian: تخته سیاه‎‎, Takhté siah) is a 2000 Iranian film directed by Samira Makhmalbaf. It focuses on a group of Kurdish refugees after the chemical bombing of Halabja by Saddam Hussein's Iraq during the Iran–Iraq War. The screenplay was co-written by Makhmalbaf with her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The dialogue is entirely in Kurdish.[1][2] Makhmalbaf describes it as "something between reality and fiction. Smuggling, being homeless, and people’s efforts to survive are all part of reality... the film, as a whole, is a metaphor."[2]

The film was an international co-production between the Makhmalbaf Productions of Iran, the Italian companies Fabrica and Rai Cinemafiction, and the Japanese company T-Mark.



  • "Jury Prize", Official Competition section of the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, France.[3]
  • "Federico Fellini Honor", UNESCO, Paris, 2000.
  • "François Truffaut prize", Giffoni Film Festival in Italy 2000.
  • "Giffoni's Mayor Prize", Giffoni Film Festival, Italy, 2000.
  • "Special cultural Prize", UNESCO, Paris, 2000.
  • "The Grand Jury prize", American Film Institute, USA, 2000


  1. ^ "Makhmalbaf Film House: Samira". 
  2. ^ a b "Samira's Interview with Haghighat for the movie The Blackboard / English". Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Blackboards". Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 

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