Movie Review: The House is Black (1963)

Title: The House is Black
Release Date: 1963
Director: Forugh Farrokhzad
Production Company: Studio Golestan
Summary/Review: This short documentary is filmed within a community of people with leprosy in Iran.  Through a series of images the film challenges the exterior “ugliness” of people with this disease to understand their humanity and calls for compassion.  The artistry of this movie is in its composition, editing, and voiceovers, which are primarily readings of scripture and poetry.  This was the only film directed by Forugh Farrokhzad, who was also a modernist poet.  She died in a car crash at the age of 32 in 1967.
Rating: ****