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Shot in the remote mountain regions of the Iran-Iraq border, Blackboards is poetic, humanistic and full of social meanings

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SAMIRA MAKHMALBAF is the youngest ever director to win the coveted Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize, but the twenty-year-old Iranian woman refuses to take the easy route to success. She tells The List why.

Tom Dawson

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Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 29 Dec. See review.

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