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Old 03-20-2008, 09:32 PM
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The House is Black
(1963, Dir. Forough Farrokhzad)

This 22 minute long documentary was created to raise awareness of the plight of lepers, to show the everyday humanness of these people, who through no fault of their own, have become outcasts to society.

Though there is one point where the narrator describes the effects of leprosy and how it is not incurable and what can be done, most of the narration is a poem, in the style of a biblical psalm. This is not surprising as the film's editor and director was a poet herself, Forough Farrokhzad, who was a famous poet in Iran. Her poems were banned for a while in her country due to their sensuality. She died at age 32 in a car accident. This is her in the picture below.

The House is Black communicates a warmth for the leper colony's residents, dwelling on their ruined faces not in an attempt to shock but in an attempt to open our eyes.

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