1hr 16mins

Serenely lyrical and filled with child-like wonder, The Silence follows the daily routines of a 10-year-old boy (Tahmineh Normatova) whose blindness has heightened his other senses, allowing him to find work tuning musical instruments.

This film screens as a part of the Iranin Journeys season - click here to learn more.

Unfortunately no Audio Description track is available for this feature.
Iranian Journeys
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
No material likely to offend or harm
Contains Foreign Language Subtitles

Living with his mother in a small village in Tajikistan, the young Khorshid (Normatova) tries to help her raise enough money to avoid a looming eviction by utilising his musical gift.

As with the other films in this loose ‘Poetic’ trilogy (preceded by Gabbeh and followed by The Gardener), Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Kandahar, The President) braids together elements of Sufism (a mystical form of Islamic belief and practice) and poetic symbolism in addition to its evocation of Iranian culture and spirituality.

The sparse narrative of The Silence allows space for the impressions of daily routine to approach a form of audiovisual harmonics. The film expressively inhabits and conveys the boy’s experiences of music by considering the poetic musicality of film itself.

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