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Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life (Free Screening)

  • The Farmers' Museum 5775 New York 80 Cooperstown, NY, 13326 United States (map)

A classic adventure tale from the makers of the original King Kong (1933), Grass movingly documents the nomadic Bakhitari people as they trek across Persia (present-day Iran) in search of land. It was 1924 when the then novice filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack hooked up with journalist (and occasional spy) Marguerite Harrison for this hazardous crossing—a migration of more than 50,000 people with countless animal herds surmounting impossible obstacles to find pastures. Braving the cold and raging waters of the half-mile-wide Karun River, the Bakhtiari were filmed by Cooper and Schoedsack (who themselves nearly froze) as an unbroken stream of men, women and children, then crossing the treacherous and icy Zard Kuh in the Zagros Mountains, many barefoot or with only rags for footwear. Surprisingly few people know this legendary documentary film. This restored version, with a new Iranian score, has cutting-edge cinematography for its era, and heart-stopping adventure. (1925, 71 minutes)

Persian lunch options will be available for purchase during this free screening. Provided by The Empire House, Gilbertsville, NY