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People of the Wind – Free Film Screening

People of the Wind - Film Poster
Mike Dodds

Date: 29 October 2008Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 29 October 2008Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film

We would like to invite you for the screening of the Oscar-nominated 1976 film, People of the Wind, with James Mason’s narration. Mike Dodds, one of the original camera crew, will be attending for a Q&A session.

In 1975 precisely fifty years after Merian C. Coopers and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s 1925 Odyssey 'Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life’ , Anthony Howarth and David Koff decide to pay tribute to their daunting predecessors in another Documentary illustrating the same journey, only the reverse trip.
This time in colour this documentary entitled "People of the Wind" shot in 1975 and released in 1976 allowed the film crew to focus on one particular tribesman leader, whose words, translated into English and read by the actor James Mason, tell the timeless story of the great migration.

In western Iran the Bakhtiari tribe must make an annual 8-week, 200 mile trip to the mountain summer pastures. In this hazardous test of human endurance, we embark on an outstanding migration that takes 500,000 men, women, and children, their livestock (one million animals) and all their possessions across the Zagros Mountains, a range which is as high as the Alps and as broad as Switzerland.

The film provides the viewer with a fascinating glimpse into the lifestyle of these robust and proud mountain people.

A credit should be given to the film's astonishing wide-screen photography which offers sweeping mountain panoramas that take the viewer out into the dangerous precipices of the Zardeh Kuh mountain and into the icy waters of the Cholbar river.

Find out more about on the Bakhtiari in general or on the related exhibition “A People's Migration: The Bakhtiari Kuch’ at SOAS Brunei Gallery’ and the screenings

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