About Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life

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In 1924, neophyte filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, who would later co-direct King Kong (1933), hooked up with journalist and sometime spy Marguerite Harrison and set off to film an adventure. They found excitement, danger, and unparalleled drama in the migration of the Bakhtiari tribe of Persia (now Iran). Twice a year, more than 50,000 people and half a million animals surmounted seemingly impossible obstacles to take their herds to pasture. The filmmakers captured unforgettable images of courage and determination as the Bakhtiari braved the raging and icy waters of the half-mile-wide Karun River. Although many documentary historians consider Grass second only to Nanook of the North, few people have actually ever seen this legendary film. This restored and full-length version will astonish today’s audiences with its beautiful photography and heart-stopping adventure. Presented with a world-premiere performance of a new orchestral score by Patrick Holcomb. Silent film with intertitles.

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