The House is Black (1962)
The sole film made by Persian poet Forough Farrokhzad, The House is Black (خانه سیاه است) is a landmark in Iranian and international cinema, recently ranked in the top 20 documentary films of all time by the critics of Sight and Sound magazine. Filmed in a leprosy colony in Tebriz, Iran, it operates as both an intimate look at illness and everyday life, and a sharp social critique. Dr John Manton (LSHTM) will be discussing the film in relation to his own work on histories of leprosy.
Dr John Manton's research on the history and anthropology of disease control has focused on relations between leprosy control and governance in Nigeria, examining the political economy of disease and medicine in the context of the developing engagement between science and African community. More generally, his work is concerned with the interactions between medical research, clinical practice, and welfare and development in the global South from historical and anthropological perspectives.
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