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Makhmalbaf Film House

Overview
Works: 26 works in 69 publications in 7 languages and 1,930 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Fantasy films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Social problem films  Fiction  Film adaptations  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Comedy films 
Roles: Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Makhmalbaf Film House
Safar-i Qandahār = Kandahar( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in Persian and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nafas, an Afghan-born Canadian journalist, returns to her homeland in a desperate attempt to reach her sister, who, overcome with grief after being injured by a landmine and her despair over the Taliban's oppression of women, has vowed that she will commit suicide at the time of the next solar eclipse, only three days away
Takhté siah = Blackboards by Samīrā Makhmalbāf( Visual )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set on the border of Iran and Iraq during the war of the 1980s, 'Blackboards' follows a group of poor teachers, blackboards strapped to their backs, as they attempt to educate the Kurdish children who are some of the primary victims of war. But the young children they approach, largely orphaned and living in extreme poverty and hardship, are too busy working as smugglers to be convinced about the worth of education. Filmed in the rugged mountainous terrain of Kurdistan, 'Blackboards' uses the most economic means of mise-en-scene and editing to create a powerful evocation of the terror of war. The bonds between men and women and the sanctity of childhood are all shown as precarious in a context where chemical bombs and machine guns can destroy a whole community. Samira Makhmalbaf was twenty-one when she won the Grand Prix at Cannes with this film. The cast consists largely of Kurdish refugees
Rūzī kih zan shudam = The day I became a woman( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in Persian and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A celebration of the spirit and dignity of women through three separate stories: a young girl finds she must face the responsibilities of becoming a woman; a girl's cycling race and a young woman is hounded by her husband and family to give up her simple sport; an old woman is determined to acquire all the material possessions she has never had in her life to create her final, perfect home
Safar-i Qandahār = Kandahar by Muḥsin Makhmalbāf( Visual )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nafas is a young Afghan journalist who has taken refuge in Canada. When she receives a desperate letter from her little sister, who was forced to stay behind after being crippled by a land mine, Nafas immediately returns. Having grown deeply depressed by the situation for herself and all women living under the Taliban regime, Nafas' sister has decided to end her own life before the imminently approaching eclipse of the sun. With only three days left, Nafas must make the dangerous journey across the Iran-Afghanistan border to save her. DVD
The day I became a woman( Visual )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three portraits of women at three stages of life in Iran, including a nine-year-old girl told she can no longer play with boys because she is now a "woman", a young woman who enters a bicycle race against her husband's wishes, and an old woman who gains money and the freedom to do what she wishes with it. Special features include text of the director's statement, interview, and filmography
Joy of madness( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in Persian and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While making the film Panj é asr (At five in the afternoon) in post-Taliban Kabul, film-maker Samīrā Makhmalbāf faces many challenges as she works under harsh social and environmental conditions. The film offers an uncompromising, provocative, and sometimes blackly funny insight into the fears, hopes, and courage of the women of Afghanistan
Roozi keh zan shodam = The day I became a woman( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in Persian and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three portraits of women at three stages of life in Iran, including a nine-year-old girl told she can no longer play with boys because she is now a "woman", a young woman who enters a bicycle race against her husband's wishes, and an old woman who gains money and the freedom to do what she wishes with it. Special features include text of the director's statement, interview, and filmography
Mohsen Makhmalbaf : the poetic trilogy : Gabbeh, The silence, The gardener( Visual )

2 editions published in 2018 in Persian and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the preeminent figures of Iranian cinema, Mohsen Makhmalbaf has written and directed an impressive array of acclaimed films, winning accolades at international film festivals and admiration of world cinema audiences. This collection presents three of his most lyrical works which the director has termed his Poetic Trilogy. Gabbeh tells of an elderly couple who stop by a stream to wash a Persian rug (gabbeh). A beautiful woman, depicted in the rug's elaborate design suddenly appears and tells a heart rendering story of love and loss. A film imbued with the ideas of Sufism. The Silence tells of Khorshid, a young blind boy from Tajikistan who earns rent money for his family by tuning rare instruments but becomes enraptured by the sonorous music he hears on his way to work each day. The Gardener is an imaginative documentary which follows Makhmalbaf and his son Maysam to Israel to investigate the Bahai faith. A religion with seven million followers which originated in Iran 170 years ago. As well as presenting a selection of insightful extras, this collection boasts stunning new restorations of Gabbeh and The Silence which truly bring the films' rich colors and imagery to life."--Container
Panj-i ʻaṣr = At five in the afternoon by Samīrā Makhmalbāf( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in Persian and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The latest film by internationally acclaimed young Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf is the first to be made in the ruined city of Kabul. It tells the story of Noqreh, a young woman eager to take advantage of the new freedoms and opportunities afforded to women."--Container
Sag-haye velgard Zavrženi psi( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in Persian and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two children -- a brother and sister -- rescue a stray dog on the streets of Kabul. That evening they visit the jail where their mother is a prisoner. Since her children have nowhere to live, they are permitted to stay with her at night. But the following morning, they are thrown out: prison is for criminals, not homeless orphans. Desperate to return, brother and sister embark on a series of failed robberies. A fugitive tells them they can learn to steal from watching Hollywood movies. Alternatively, European cinema can teach them how to be caught"--Container
Scream of the ants( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in Persian and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story concerns a young Iranian couple who have journeyed to India to find "The Complete Man." Along the way, the couple, and a string of other characters, offer us pieces of Makmalbaf's philosophies on life, religion and sex, set against a series of visual tableaux
Buda azsharm foru rikht = Le cahier = Buddha collapsed out of shame by Ḥanā Makhmalbāf( Visual )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in Persian and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A poetic look at how violence and tragedy shape the lives and minds of children. ... Set in the Afghan town of Bamian, amidst the rubble of the massive statues of Buddha blown up by the Taliban in 2001, the film follows the trials of a little girl who wants to go to the school for girls across the river from her home. The everyday obstacles she faces turn this small ambition into an epic struggle, with unexpected emotional and political resonance."--Container
Buddha collapsed out of shame by Ḥanā Makhmalbāf( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in Persian and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young girl zealously wants to go to school and learn to read and write. Almost everywhere she is met with hostility or indifference. The only young boy who takes her to his school is thrown out by the teacher, because helping her prevented him from coming in time. - It must not go unnoticed that the schoolgirls and the female teacher are likewise hostile toward this girl. None of them want her in the classroom. On her way home she and other girls are taken as prisoners by boys playing talibans. They tear her school book to pieces (or rather what was left of it after the schoolgirls had done the same thing.) The "taliban boys" threaten to stone their girl prisoners (although in this movie there is little real physical violence against girls). The girl's attempts end in complete failure
Alifbā-yi Afghān = The Afghan alphabet( Visual )

in Persian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the educational crisis of young Afghan refugees on the Iranian border. This is a visual diary of travels along 800 kilometres of border territory, trying to find out why Afghan children are not being educated, a phenomenon pre-dating the Taliban regime
Kandahar : journey into the heart of Afghanistan by Mohsen Makhmalbaf( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After receiving a desperate letter from her little sister forced to stay behind in Afghanistan, Nafas, a young journalist who has taken refuge in Canada, immediately returns to her country
Panj é asr by Samīrā Makhmalbāf( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in Persian and English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Noqreh, a young woman who believes passionately that her gender should be no bar to her becoming the president of her country. Starting small, by campaigning to be school president, her initial optimism and determination are uplifting to observe, but the realities and harshness of contemporary Afghanistan begin to bear down upon her spirit
Roozi khe zan shodam = the day I became a woman by Marz̤iyah Mishkīnī( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in Persian and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three poignant snapshots of the problems faced by women in Eastern societies
Āsbe dū-pā = Two legged horse( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in Persian and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A father must travel to India, but he cannot bring his handicapped son. He searches for someone who can carry his son by back wherever he requires. For this task he recruits a young peasant to serve as a horse for his son for one dollar a day; however, the whims of his son bring to an extreme the verbal and physical mistreatment inflicted upon the "horse." All of this mistreatment and humiliation will bring the peasant boy to each day seem more like an actual horse
Kandahar : Safar e Ghandehar( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nafas an Afghan-born Canadian journalist, returns to her homeland in a desperate attempt to reach her sister, who, overcome with grief after being injured by a landmine and her despair over the Taliban's oppression of women, has vowed that she will commit suicide at the time of the next solar eclipse, only three days away
Bei ma an de nan hai Two-legged horse by Ma ke ka ba fu( Visual )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in Persian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"1 tian 1 mei yuan! wo yao yi ge qiang zhuang de nan sheng! " fu ren lai dao pin qiong cun zhuang, wei zhan zheng zhong shi qu shuang tui de hai zi, zheng xuan neng bei ta shang xia xue de ren . hai zi men feng yong er lai . pin ming qu, nan hai ji ya pao de xiang ma yi yang wen jian, shun li huo de shang can xiao gu zhu de qing lai, ji tui qi ta ren xuan . ji ya kai shi mei tian bei zhu xiao gu zhu shang xia xue, wan ru ta de si ren zuo qi, chu ci zhi wai, huan wei ta xi zao . xi yi, zuo jin ren he ku chai shi, dan xiao gu zhu reng shi bu kuai le, ta xi wang zi ji qi di shi pi zhen zheng de ma";" ji ya ye hen bu man zi bei dang chu sheng shi huan, ren bu zhu wei qu de lei shui, he xiao gu zhu qi le zheng zhi, shuang fang yi du xian ru jiang chi . ran er, yi wei qi tao nu hai de chu xian, que rang liang ren guan xi chu xian ju lie de gai bian . xiao gu zhu geng jia ren xing wei, ji ya que bu zai man yuan, jin guan cheng shou mo da de tong ku, reng ran jian shou zhe fen gong zuo . zai zhe mei you tong nian de can ku shi jie li, shi zhe zhen neng sheng cun?ji ya de jian chi neng fou wei ta huan lai xing fu, yi huo zhi shi e meng yi chang?
 
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Takhté siah = Blackboards
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