Austin Film Society: The Children of Abraham/Ibrahim 8: Blackboards
Not rated, 84 min. Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf. Starring Bahman Ghobadi, Said Mohamadi and Behnaz Jafari.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2000 Cannes International Film Festival, this simple but poignant film tells the story of itinerant schoolteachers in the Kurdish region of Iran. They travel through the mountainous passageways with their blackboards on their backs, seeking to teach reading and writing to children who don't know if they will live to see another day.No current showings of this film.