Truths Beyond Truth: Three Masterpieces
The House Is Black (Khaneh siah ast)
Forugh Farrokhzad/Iran/Documentary/1962/22 min
The only directorial effort by famed poet Forugh Farrokhzad, this film has not infrequently been called one of the greatest films of all time. A documentary about conditions at a leper colony becomes a haunting and dazzling flight into a cinema of pure poetry.
The Night It Rained (An shab ke barun amad)
Kamran Shirdel/Iran/Documentary/1967/35 min
A young small-town boy becomes a national hero for saving a passenger train from derailing. Commissioned to make a patriotic celebration of the boy's act, filmmaker Kamran Shirdel instead provides a sharply ironic interrogation of documentary truth.
Amir Naderi/Iran/1974/48 min
A little-known masterpiece by one of the great talents of the New Wave of Iranian cinema. A poor young boy in southern Iran lives for the moments when he receives pieces of ice offered through a part-opened door by a woman's beautiful hands. Told without dialogue, the film is an astonishing visual tour de force.
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