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People of the Wind (1976)

There are two hundred miles of raging rivers and dangerous mountains to cross. There are no towns, no roads, no bridges. There is no turning back. The Bakhtiari migration is one of the most... See full summary »

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There are two hundred miles of raging rivers and dangerous mountains to cross. There are no towns, no roads, no bridges. There is no turning back. The Bakhtiari migration is one of the most hazardous tests of human endurance known to mankind. Every year, 500,000 men, women and children - along with one million animals - struggle for eight grueling weeks to scale the massive Zagros Mountains in Iran - a range which is as high as the Alps and as broad as Switzerland - to reach their summer pastures. The film's astonishing widescreen photography and brilliantly recorded soundtrack take the viewer out onto the dangerous precipices of the Zardeh Kuh mountain and into the icy waters of the Cholbar River. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Beautiful adventure film with beautiful music.
9 November 1999 | by (Tucson, Arizona USA) – See all my reviews

Does anyone know where I can get a copy of this film? Is it on video, disc, DVD? I want this film for my collection!

I was riveted by 'People of the Wind' when I first saw it in 1977 in Venice, California. I bought the record album then and enjoy the music to this day. The nomadic Bakhtiari tribe of western Iran make their annual ~200 mile trek from the high summer pastures to low winter pastures, passing through the Zagros Mountains and a 12,000 ft. pass.

Interestingly, a 1925 silent film (documentary, inspired by the 1922 'Nanook of the North') is of the same journey, only the reverse trip. If you liked 'People...', it is a must see! It's title is 'Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life.' It has played on Turner Classic Movies. I intend to keep my eye out for it again and tape it.

Cheers!


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