The House is Black

By Forough Farrokhzad

The House is Black

This documentary by the great Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad looks at life in a leper colony. Focusing on the human condition and the beauty of creation, it is accompanied by religious texts and Farrokhzad’s own poetry. During the shooting, Farrokhzad became attached to a child of two lepers, whom she later adopted. Today, the film is an important landmark in Iranian cinema history.

The House is Black


Veteran filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf has described this documentary as ‘the best Iranian film to have affected the contemporary Iranian Cinema’.


The films will be introduced by Reza Haeri from the Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association (IRDFA).


Khaneh Siah Ast


20 min. / 35 mm

Language: Persian

Subtitles: English

Forough Farrokhzad is arguably one of Iran's most influential female poets of the twentieth century and an iconoclast. Although she only made one film, The House is Black is generally seen as the crucial precursor of the Iranian New Wave. On February 13, 1967, Farrokhzad died in a car accident at age thirty-two. Farrokhzad's poetry was banned for more than a decade after the Islamic Revolution. She is the sister of the singer, poet and political activist Fereydoon Farrokhzad assassinated in 1992 in Bonn, Germany.