The House is Black (2008)

The House is Black


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Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad takes an intimate look inside a leprosy colony in Tebriz, Iran in this renowned documentary. With stories from these forgotten people accented by poetic voiceover from Farrokhzad, the film digs deep into the heart of hopelessness within the human spirit. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Forugh Farrokhzad
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On DVD: Feb 22, 2005


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Critic Reviews for The House is Black

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The most powerful Iranian film I've seen.

Full Review… | September 10, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Powerful humanistic film... .

Full Review… | February 14, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The result is a masterful achievement, and the finest melding of poetry and film since Bunuel and Dali's Un Chien Andalou.

Full Review… | September 10, 2005
Combustible Celluloid

A deceptively simple film.

Full Review… | February 22, 2005
Slant Magazine

Farrokhzad breaks through the repugnant aura that has often haunted victims of [leprosy] and affirms their resilience and human beauty.

Full Review… | February 14, 2005

Audience Reviews for The House is Black


a magnificent film and only about 20 mins long, in 2 pts on youtube. it's a documentary made at a leper colony in azerbaijan by a persian poet in 1962. huge influence on then emerging iranian film community, among others. a lot of people 'want to see' this so here u go

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Rating: 4 stars
Arthouse rating: 4 stars

The short documentary "the house is black is available on YouTube, and I highly encourage a watch. This touched on a disease I honestly never heard of, it's a disease that distorts and morphs the human body. This film didn't push information on this disease by telling sad stories, or giving statistics. It never asked for pity, it just showed the people who have to endure this day in day out. I can't imagine one giving this a poor rating, this could touch the most sadistic of people, brilliant

Daniel Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer

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