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Release Date: December 6th, 2002 (NY); expands to other cities at later dates (pushed back a month from November 1st, 2002)

World Premiere: May 11th, 2000 (Cannes Film Festival)

Video Release Date: February 17th, 2004

Awards: Jury Prize (tie) (2000 Cannes Film Festival); Grand Jury Prize (2000 AFI Fest); Special Mention (2001 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)

Language: Kurdish with English subtitles. Original title in Iran: "Takhte Siah"

Running Time: 85 minutes

Distributor: Kimstim Films

Cast: Said Mohamadi (Said), Behnaz Jafari (Halaleh), Bahman Ghobadi (Reeboir), Mohamad Karim Rahmati (Father), Saman Akbari (Group Leader), Ahmad Bahrami (Marriage Registrar), Hassan Mohamadi (Child), Rasool Mohamadi (The Boy Porter), Karim Moradi (Old Man), Mohamad Moradi (Matchmaker), Rafat Moradi (Ribvar), Mayas Rostami (Young Boy Storyteller), Somaye Veisee (Little Girl)

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf (The Apple; next up is At Five in the Afternoon)

Screenwriter: Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Kandahar, A Moment of Innocence, Gabbeh) and Samira Makhmalbaf (writing team of The Apple and At Five in the Afternoon)

Premise: Set in Kurdish Iran, this is the stark story of nomadic teachers who travel over the rocks and mountains of the area, looking for illiterate people to instruct in reading, writing and math. Breaking up to find separate ways through the area as helicopters patrol the area, the film follows each of the teachers and shows the encounters they have with the people they meet.

Genre: Drama, Foreign

Official Site: Kimstim Films

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