GRASS - 1925 Documentary About Bakhtiari Tribe

Haj Seyd Mammad
by Haj Seyd Mammad

1925 documentary about the Bakhtiari tribe regular annular migration (Yeylaagh & Gheshlaagh) accross Zardkoh to reach fresh grass for their animals. This documentary shows their challanges as they tried to pass Karun and all other difficulties of the routine chores.


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Ben Madadi


by Ben Madadi on

This was amazing. Thanks a lot. I wonder whether the music was also the originally added one, or added later. The music corresponded to the areas they travelled, at first it was Anatolian, and then it was Persian.

Rosie T.

I saw it at Amir Vahab's house in New York

by Rosie T. on

(the director of the Tanboor School) four years ago.  He'd worked on the new score for it. It was magnificent. I just mentioned it the other day on samsam's blog about the Bakhtiari. They crossedthe mountains barefoot in the snow.


Darius Kadivar

FYI/Available on DVD with Bio Book on Cooper

by Darius Kadivar on

This is an excellent book on Merian C. Cooper and his carreer in Hollywood. It has an entire chapter on his adventure in Iran amongst the Bakhtiary Tribes.

Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong By Mark Cotta VAZ

Grass is awailable on DVD here:

Grass: A Nation's Battle For Life (1925)

50 years after the Odysee another similar documentary which was Oscar nominated was made with Iranian Shusha Guppy and two american directors as a tribute to Cooper's film. It was narrated by Hollywood star James Mason and entitled:

People of the Wind also available on DVD.


Darius Kadivar

Merian C. Cooper Made King King afterwards

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