About The Destruction of Memory

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This documentary is based on the book The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War by Robert Bevan, who served as the film’s producer. The Destruction of Memory looks at the ongoing actions of Daesh (ISIS) and other contemporary situations, but also reveals the decisions of the past that allowed the purposeful destruction of buildings, books, and art, which were utilized as tools of war—decisions that remained hidden in the shadows for so many years. Although addressing a tragic subject, the film shows the courageous work of modern-day “monuments men” who are trying to protect our collective cultural heritage. (HD Presentation)

Immediately following the screening, Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East, will lead a discussion with the film’s director Tim Slade. Slade’s visit is sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Middle East.

Gallery Talk: Raqqa Ceramics in Focus

April 2 – Sunday – 2:00 p.m.

Gallery of the Arts of Asia and the Ancient Western World, second floor

Margaret Graves, Assistant Professor of Art History, will discuss a special installation of pottery from Al-Raqqa in northeastern Syria.

These programs are presented in partnership between the Eskenazi Museum of Art and IU Cinema and are sponsored by Marsha R. Bradford and Harold A. Dumes. The talks and films are free and open to the public. Each film is paired with a respective gallery talk at the Eskenazi Museum of Art at 2:00 p.m. the day of each screening.

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