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2 - 20 October 2018: The Silence


The Silence
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
1998 | 77 min | Colour | Digital
Persian with English subtitles

“Tajikistan provides the setting of Makhmalbaf’s lyrical fable about a young blind boy and the acute sense of hearing that both connects him to – and liberates him from – the realities around him. Poised as if floating slightly above the earthbound individuals alongside him, the ethereal Korshid seeks attunement to everyday harmonies, though the discords of unemployment, poverty, and fanaticism remain omnipresent. “I am moving away from a political cinema towards a more poetic cinema,” Makhmalbaf declared; Silence finds beauty not in words and discourse, but in sounds, colors, and movement.” – Jason Sanders

Part of Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Poetic Trilogy