LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents The Color of Paradise, Monday, September 9 at 6:45 p.m. This starts a new season in the International Film Series shown monthly at the Laconia Public Library.
Mohammed is a student at a special school for blind children in Tehran. His mother is dead, and his father, Hashem, earns a meager wage working in a charcoal producing plant. He sometimes considers abandoning the boy. He is shamed and burdened by Mohammed's blindness because he is afraid that his new bride will think the boy is a bad omen for their marriage.
He is the last student to be picked up for summer vacation. However, Mohammed happily roams the beautiful hills of his village during his vacation. He touches and feels the nature around him, counting the sounds of animals, and imitating them. He displays a unique attitude towards nature, and seems to understand its rhythms and textures as a language. Mohammed wants to see God. Paradise is another name for God. The color of paradise is the color of God.
Mohammed goes to the local school with his sisters and reads the lessons from his textbook in Braille, which amazes the children and the teacher. The sights and sounds of family life in the countryside of Iran are central to the experience of Mohammed and his family.
Mohammed's grandmother is heartbroken when she learns that Hashem wants to give Mohammed away. He is given to a blind carpenter for mentoring. The tension between Hashem and Mohammed is the mixture of love and shame that tests Hashem. This 1999 film was made in Iran and directed by Majid Majidi.