We cordially invite you to the screening of a beautiful Iranian film “The Silence (1998)’ on Saturday 25th November at 3:00pm at the Mandwa Film Club.
The Silence is directed by well known Iranian film maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Set in Tajikistan, the movie is about a little boy who has the onerous task of earning money for his family, but is always enchanted and distracted by music.
About the Director:
The Makhmalbaf family represents a unique phenomenon in the history of Iranian cinema. Film connoisseurs and the world’s top film festivals love them: between the two parents and their three children, the Makhmalbafs have made some of the best films to have come out of Iran over the last decades.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf directs his films with Cesare Zavattini’s ideals about making social cinema with as little “plot” as possible and about ordinary, happenings in everyday Iran.
About the Film:
Because of his special gift in identifying objects by the sounds they make, a poor blind young boy is employed as a string instrument tuner in a small village in Tajikistan. His world is made more colorful and quaint because of his sensitivity to his surroundings. The only problem is that he is easily “tempted” by street musicians’ performances and arrives late at work.
The Silence is one of the most underrated works by Mohsen Makhmalbaf as it precedes his more popular projects.But contrasting from those projects, The Silence is replete with Symbols of Sufism. From the use of music to achieve ecstasy; the nature, the broken mirror, the repeated image of a river, to the light shown to be coming from above, the symbolic representation of mystic interpretations of Islam get promoted during the whole course of this film. But Makhmalbaf doesn’t restrict himself to Iranian culture here. His use of Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven) shows that he deliberately wants to say the themes he is referring to are of a universal nature, and not just mundane, ephemeral, matters.
Join us on 25th November at 3.00pm to explore the various themes of this visual masterpiece.
Lok Virsa in its effort to promote folk music and bring back the creative space to our community, Lok Virsa announces its music classes schedule. You are requested to be a part of this effort and take time out to learn an instrument or have your children learn a musical instrument. That will be the best gift you can give to your children.
Most of the classes will be a three-month course. Therefore, it is better to register from the beginning and go until the end. We will however be flexible in the first month to accommodate people.
For registrations and more details, please refer to the attached Ad or contact.