Children, Blind -- Tajikistan -- Drama, Musical instrument makers -- Tajikistan -- Drama, Musicians -- Tajikistan -- Drama, Villages -- Belarus


(The Silence)


Tahmineh Normatova, Nadereh Abdelahyeva, Golbibi Ziadolahyeva,

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. “Not since Paradjanov has a director so beautifully fragmented his storytelling imagery,” noted Harlan Kennedy in Film Comment. “Makhmalbaf’s jewelled, jigsaw style . . . creates a world iconized to the point of holiness.” Silence was the first film Makhmalbaf made in collaboration with his family under the auspices of the Makhmalbaf Film House.

Jason Sanders
  • Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  • Ebrahim Ghafori
  • Farsi
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 77 mins
  • American Genre Film Archive

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The silence (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 2001

Stating his independence through strong storytelling (review), Los Angeles Times, Kevin Thomas, 2000

The silence (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 2000

The silence - Sokhout (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, 1999

The silence (program note), SF Weekly, Joe Mader, 1999

Sokhout - The silence (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, Dimitri Eipides, 1998

The silence (Le silence) (review), Variety, David Stratton, 1998

The silence (press kit), New Yorker Films

The silence (flyer), New Yorker Films

Two films by Mohsen Makhmalbaf: A moment of innocence - The silence (press kit), Larsen Associates

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