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

Passed | | Documentary | 20 March 1925 (USA)
The struggles of a hardscrabble Iranian nomadic tribe as they journey through bleak country to reach the grasslands that will save their livestock.

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(uncredited), (uncredited)

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(titled by) (as Richard P. Carver), (titled by)
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Merian C. Cooper ...
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Himself
Marguerite Harrison ...
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Haidar Khan ...
Himself - Chief of the Bakhtyari Tribe
Lufta ...
Himself - Haidar Khan's Son
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The real-life struggles of the Bakhtiari tribe of Southern Persia (Iran) to migrate with 50,000 people and ten times as much livestock over seemingly impassable natural barriers of mountain and river during harsh weather conditions to reach grazing lands for their cattle and other livestock. Their hardscrabble life is portrayed with poetically beautiful cinematography in possibly the greatest documentary of the silent era. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Amazing silent documentary
16 March 2001 | by (Minneapolis, MN) – See all my reviews

The first collaboration between Schoedsack & Cooper is a compelling documentary on the migration of the Bakhtiari tribe of Persia. Twice a year, more than 50,000 people and half a million animals cross rivers and mountains to get to pasture. You'll feel like a pampered weakling after watching these people herd their animals through ice cold water and walk barefoot through the snow to cross the mountains while trying to get their animals to walk along steep and narrow mountain paths.


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