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The House is Black

The House is Black

Khaneh siah ast

Director: Forugh Farrokhzad

1963, 20 min

The House Is Black is an acclaimed Iranian documentary short film directed by Forough Farrokhzad.  The film is a look at life and suffering in a leper colony and focuses on the human condition and the beauty of creation. It is spliced with Farrokhzad's narration of quotes from the Old Testament, the Koran and her own poetry. The film was based on the Behkadeh Rajicolony. It was the only film she directed before her death in 1967. During shooting, she became attached to a child of two lepers, whom she later adopted.

Although the film attracted little attention outside Iran when released, it has since been recognised as a landmark in Iranian film. Reviewer Eric Henderson described the film as "[o]ne of the prototypal essay films, The House is Black paved the way for the Iranian New Wave.“

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