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Grass

Alternative title
Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life
Synopsis
In 1924 filmmakers Cooper and Schoedsack joined forces with journalist and sometime spy Harrison to film the Follows the annual migration of the nomadic Bakhtiari tribe of east Persia in search of grass for their flocks and herds. Twice a year more than 20,000 barefoot men, women and children and half a million animals surmount seemingly impossible obstacles to take their herds to pasture. In the course of the journey they have to climb the 15,000-foot rock face of the Zardeh Kuh mountain with bare feet, swim the wide and fast-flowing Karun river where many drown, and cross snow-covered mountains with all their possessions; the women have babies strapped to their backs.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film; Video; Film. 16mm. silent. b&w. 60 min. Videocassette. VHS (NTSC only). b&w. 70 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1925
Availability
Hire (film - RAI, Concord)
Sale (video, NTSC only - Milestone); 1997 sale (video): US$59.95 (+p&p) (Milestons)
Notes
The video print is restored and colour-tinted and has a new traditional Iranian score written by Gholam hosain Janati-Ataie.
Uses
Undergraduates. Postgraduates.*
Subjects
Anthropology; Media studies
Keywords
Bakhtiari tribe; herdsmen; Iran; migration - human; nomadic communities

Credits

Director
Ernest B Schoedsack; Merian C Cooper
Producer
Adolph Zukor; Jesse L Lasky
Writer
Marguerite Harrison
Contributor
Ernest B Schoedsack; Merian C Cooper; Richard P Carver

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Production Company

Name

Famous Players-Lasky Corporation

Distributor

Name

Concord Media

Email
sales@concordmedia.org.uk
Web
http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01473 726 012
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG
Notes
A long-established, not-for-profit organisation with a large collection DVDs, specialising in the sectors of general and mental health, child care, race relations, war and peace, addictions, the third world, ecology, civil rights, personal relationships, educational issues, and social work training. Concord also handles titles made for the Graves Medical Audio-visual Library. Sale on DVD. Formerly known as Concord Video and Film Council. In 2014 Concord began to offer selected films as Video on Demand, via Vimeo.
Name

Milestone Film & Video

Email
milefilms@gmail.com
Web
http://www.milestonefilms.com External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 201 767 3117
Fax
+1 201 767 3035
Address
PO Box 128
Harrington Park
New Jersey 07640 0128
USA
Name

Royal Anthropological Institute Film & Video Library, c/o Concord Media

Email
sales@concordvideo.co.uk
Web
http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01473 726012
Fax
01473 274531
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG

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