Forough Farrokhzad

"The House Is Black" (1967), by Forough Farrokhzad.

"The House is Black" is an acclaimed short film directed by Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad (1935 - 1967). The film is a look at life and suffering in a leper colony and focuses on the human condition and the beauty of creation. It is spliced with Farrokhzad's reading of quotes from the Old Testament, the Koran and her own poetry. It was the only film she directed before her untimely death in 1967. During the shooting she became attached to a child of two lepers, whom she later adopted. Although the film attracted little attention outside Iran when released, it has since been recognised as a landmark in Iranian film.