Thanks Loopy for forwarding this great link.
Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life “is a 1925 silent documentary film which follows a branch of the Bakhtiari tribe of Persia (today Iran) as they and their herds make their seasonal journey to better pastures.
The film is Merian C. Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack, and Marguerite Harrison’s documentation of their journey from Angora (modern-day Ankara, Turkey) to the Bakhtiari lands of western Iran, in what is now the western part of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province and the eastern part of Khuzestan. They then follow Haidar Khan as he leads 50,000 of his people and countless animals on a harrowing trek across the Karun River and over Zard Kuh, the highest peak in the Zagros Mountains.
The film highlights the extreme hardships faced by nomadic peoples, as well as the bravery and ingenuity of the Bakhtiari.
The film has an engaging but deeply Orientalist tone in presenting the Bakhtiari as unchanging and archaic.
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