The Destruction of Memory

  • Wed Nov 15
The Destruction of Memory

with filmmaker Tim Slade in person

Tim Slade

Based on the book The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War by Robert Bevan, the film examines the alarming rise of cultural destruction—the intentional annihilation of irreplaceable artwork, artifacts, historical sites and their stewards in desperate attempts to erase collective history and identity—over the last century. From the bombing of Sarajevo’s National Library and the burning of its ancient books, to the destruction of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the city of Palmyra, Syria, the film explores the methods of groups like Daesh (ISIS), but also reveals the decisions of the past that allowed the issue of cultural destruction to remain hidden in the shadows for so many years.

Tim Slade’s visit is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA’s Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.


Ithaca Premiere
DCP color
1 hour 25 minutes
release year/country
2017 USA