Filmfest 2006

THE SILENCE follows the experiences of Khorshid, a 10-year-old blind boy living in a small town in Tajikistan, and is a sensuous symphony of sound and color. Khorshid shares an apartment with his mother, who earns a subsistence living catching fish. Both mother and son are on the verge of being evicted. What has kept them going is the pittance Khorshid makes tuning stringed instruments in the workshop of a gruff, bad-tempered craftsman. And when the boy loses his job, the mother and son find themselves out on the street... The movie becomes more surreal as it goes along, and in one scene Khorshid wanders through an endless hall lined with percussionists tapping out the four-note figure that haunts him. As Korshid‘s world is flooded with music that seems to surround him but really emanates from inside his head, the movie celebrates his ability to live in his imagination, and despite blindness and poverty, to feel tremendous exaltation. Stephen Holden, New York Times, November 10, 1999

tags: Feature film

Cast: Tahmineh Normat Ova, Nadereh Abdollah Yeva, Goibibi Ziadolahyeva


Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf