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The House is Black (2008)




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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
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for The House is Black

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

The most powerful Iranian film I've seen.

Full Review… | September 10, 2005
Chicago Reader
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[VIDEO ESSAY] a haunting transgressive documentary that uses a combination of poetry and fact to reveal the humanity hiding beneath the disfigured faces and bodies of impoverished lepers living in the Behkadeh Raji leper colony in Tabriz.

Full Review… | February 24, 2016

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

I've never seen lepers, except briefly, in one or two photos in a textbook. It's amazing to think how long the world has been dealing with this, and how, until recently, the world societies would simply exile them to a colony.

Aaron Burman
Aaron Burman

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

"On this screen will appear an image of ugliness...a vision of pain no caring human being should ignore.To wipe out this ugliness and to relieve the the motive of this film and the hope of its makers."-Opening voice-over for The House Is Black! From legendary Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad come this haunting,lyrical short documentary about a leprosy colony in Tabriz. In just 22mins. she was able to create one of the most powerful,unforgettable short film ever,probably the best! Farrokhzad is widely regarded as the greatest woman poet in the history of Persian letters ,it's a shame that her life was cut short at the young age of 32,she may have become also one of their greatest film directors.She has inspired such diverse and international directors as Bernardo Bertolucci,Abbas Kiarostami,Chris Marker,etc. The House Is Black is entirely the product of her sole sensibility in a way that few films are:she not only wrote and directed the film but,crucially,edited herself as well.Heartbreaking,very sensitive and beautiful! The DVD also come with two short films by master director Mohsen Makhmalbaf:"The School That Was Blown Away" and "Images From The Qajar Dynasty",and an interview with Forough Farrokhzad's sister Pooran.

Benjamin Zapata
Benjamin Zapata

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