Black” is one of those movies you yearn to see again and again and you can never ever quite get the story out of your head.  The movie is a love story of self-discovery and education for a Deaf and Blind woman who does not speak.  She lives in an internal darkness.  She wants a way out into the light of the world.  The box for the special edition of the DVD is pocked with Braille dots you can feel with your fingertips, thus creating a temptation, and an expectation for the drama of learning to come:


Some refer to “Black” — released on February 4, 2005 — as the Indian version of the Helen Keller story and, in many ways, both movies share a similar crisis of confidence and learning, but “Black” is more of a love story. 

There is love between sisters, teacher and student and the predestiny of God’s will.

When you watch “Black” — don’t be put off by the early scenes of the young deaf and blind woman thrashing around — that’s a blunt and necessary demonstration indicating how, without language, we are nothing but wild animals.

Language civilizes us.  Grammar leads us to meaning.  Structure defines our interaction with others.

As the movie expands the mind and explodes the heart, “Black” teaches us how we learn and what we need to value in life.

We have, despite our lower yearnings, always continued to evolve into higher beings even though our innate preconditioning tugs us down — and we’re all the better for that fight against the perils of nature — even in the midst of everlasting heartbreak and despair.

14 Comments

  1. “Black” is truely an experience David, though some find it “insensitive”.
    http://www.filmicafe.com/celebrity_interview_detail.php?interview_id=204
    The journey of both the student and the teacher is amazing, the direction and the acting is just brilliant.
    Recently “Taare Zameen Par” was released which dealt with a dyslexic kid, a disease mostly unknown to the majority of the Indian.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0986264/
    It’s superbly done – a “must watch”, to say the least!

  2. Katha,
    It’s too bad that link you provide is more bitter than in making a cogent argument why Black is “insensitive.”
    Thanks for the recommendation on the second film! Is “Taare Zameen Par” open captioned? Any idea where to purchase a copy in the USA? Amazon seems to be out of the DVD but they’re still selling the soundtrack…

  3. Hi David,
    Yeah, I realised it after I posted the link. The interviewee is also a big name in the Hindi movie industry, probably there is some undercurrent in between.
    “Open captioned” means with “subtitles”? Of course!
    I used the following service for buying a few things – no complain.
    http://shopping.sify.com/Videos/Taare_Zameen_Par_DVD-_item_13170269___14251010.html
    Following is a link for Indian Grocery stores in NJ, I am 100% sure they will sell and/ rent the movie – that’s how I got “Black”.
    http://www.thokalath.com/new-
    jersey/grocery_stores.php
    Another option is Netflix, in case you are a member – it’s available there.
    Hope you get it!

  4. I can not find this film anywhere in my country… I want to show this film to teachers coz it is an inspirational film. Anyone can help me where i can find this film? Or i can download it.

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