Forever Under Construction


Posted in Iran by homeyra on June 22, 2008

Full Screen recommended

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.

Marguerite Harrison was a spy, a member of American military intelligence, Merian C. Cooper was also allegedly a spy…” read more

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  1. 99 said, on June 22, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Oh! Is Loopy talking again?

  2. homeyra said, on June 23, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Yes! Back and talking 🙂
    Time traveling with this documentary is an experience, a sort of a mediation on human destiny. I am glad that you posted the movie.

  3. 99 said, on June 24, 2008 at 1:24 am

    I wanted to make sure it got as much coverage as possible… and, of course, to make my point about the dirty scumbag idea of nuking them/you….

  4. homeyra said, on June 24, 2008 at 8:18 am

    99 you don’t watch Faux News and other mainstream media: They say that we are going to nuke you!

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  6. Bijan said, on June 25, 2008 at 3:46 am

    Homeyra Khanoum, thanks for sending it to me 🙂

  7. homeyra said, on June 25, 2008 at 5:47 am

    Didam invara nemiyayi goftam befrestam:)
    You’r welc Sir Bijan 🙂

  8. Vida said, on June 29, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    What an amazing film. Unbelievable to watch and go back in time. Everyone should see this.

  9. danesh said, on March 29, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    homara jan age mishe filesho befrst

  10. homeyra said, on March 29, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Salam, man file nadaram va bayad be link-ha-ye post morajee konid.

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