Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life

  • Tues Jan 28
    Sage Chapel (free)
Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life

with live musical accompaniment by the Cloud Chamber Orchestra (free)

Merian Cooper & Ernest Schoedsack
Marguerite Harrison

A silent documentary which follows a branch of the Bakhtiari tribe of Persia (today Iran) as they and their herds make their seasonal journey to better pastures. It is considered one of the earliest ethnographic films ever made. The film is Merian Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack, and journalist 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. In filming the journey, Cooper, Schoedsack, and Harrison became the first Westerners to make the migration with the Bakhtiari. It will be accompanied by an amazing live performance of an original improvised score by Ithaca’s own Cloud Chamber Orchestra. Cosponsored with CCA, FLEFF and the Dept. of Anthropology. Listen to an excerpt of the Cloud Chamber Orchestra's score here.


DVD bw
1 hour 11 minutes
release year/country
1925 USA