THE HOUSE IS BLACK // KHANEH SIAH AST

THE HOUSE IS BLACK, dir. Forough Farrokhzad

THE HOUSE IS BLACK // KHANEH SIAH AST

Wed 17 Jan 18:30 ICA

In association with MUBI


Dir. Forough Farrokhzad 1963,  Iran, 22 mins, 35mm + poetry reading and discussion

The House is Black is the only known film directed by Forough Farrokhzad (1935 – 1967), one of Iran’s greatest 20th Century Poets who tragically died aged just 32.

The film is widely regarded as one of the greatest Iranian documentaries of all time and depicts, with vivid humanity, an isolated community of lepers living in Tabriz, northwestern Iran. This documentary is sound-tracked by segments of one of Farrokhzad’s poems, read by the author herself. During the screening, an English translation of this poem will be read aloud.

This rare screening of the film will be accompanied by readings of Farrokhzad’s poetry and a discussion of her legacy in Iranian cinema, culture and society.


The House Is Black premiered at Oberhausen Short Film Festival in 1963 where it received the award for best documentary. The Oberhausen Archive has kindly supplied their restored 35mm print of the film for this screening. 

Curated by Jo Duncombe, with thanks to Ehsan Khoshbakht, Elhum Shakerifar and Ebrahim Golestan.


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