vaay dahanam aab oftaad, eshtehaa’am raa oftaad
this evening i saw the house is black, a 1963 documentary about life on a leper colony, by the legendary iranian poet forugh farrokhzad. poetically narrated, it was extremely sad and moving. both mohsen makhmalbaf and abbas kiarostami consider this short documentary to be a major influence on their work. the dvd also included an interview with pooran farrokhzad (forugh’s sister), as well as two short films by mohsen makhmalbaf – the school that was blown away (1996) and images from the qajar dynasty (1992).
i’ve been cooking a lot these past few days (suprise suprise):
thursday night: cucumber shrimp rolls with spicy peanut sauce and wonton noodle soup
friday night: artichoke and spinach phyllo swirls and roasted chicken with orange-brandy glaze
saturday night: green salad with citrus vinaigrette and eggplant parmigiana