Samira Makhmalbaf, Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s oldest daughter, was born in Tehran in 1980. Her father founded the Makhmalbaf Film School for her when she wanted to leave her state school. She was only 17 when she made her first film “The Apple”. One year later she took part in the Cannes Film Festival as the youngest director there ever and the international success she enjoyed led to invitations from more than 100 other film festivals. In 2000, she won the Cannes Jury Prize with her second film, “Blackboard”, the story of a group of teachers equipped with blackboards travelling in Kurdistan, near to the Iraqi border, looking for pupils willing to learn. Her most recent film “At Five in the Afternoon” (2003) is set in a post-Taliban Afghanistan and explores the life of a young woman, her aspirations and dreams.
Author: House of World Cultures
This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.
Contemporary Positions of Iranian Artists
(19 March 04 - 09 May 04)