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Some people refer to this movie as the greatest moment in Iranian cinema. It’s a weighty baggage to attach on such a simple, compassionate film. Forugh Farrokhzad was a major Iranian poet of the 20th Century and this short non-fiction essay film on a leper colony is her sole contribution to the art of moving pictures. Her spirit and capacity to depict the humanity of these people and to show the beauty of their humanity is without parallel in cinema. Cassavetes noted that his film, A Child is Waiting failed because he wanted to emphasize that the adjustment was not conditional to the physically and mentally disabled but in fact the work of the “normal” citizens of society. Among the many vast differences between that film and The House Is Black is this basic worldview expressed in her film.