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

The struggles of a hardscrabble Iranian nomadic tribe as they journey through bleak country to reach the grasslands that will save their livestock.

Directors:

Merian C. Cooper (uncredited), Ernest B. Schoedsack (uncredited)

Writers:

Richard Carver (titled by) (as Richard P. Carver), Terry Ramsaye (titled by)
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Cast overview:
Merian C. Cooper ... Self (as Merian Cooper)
Ernest B. Schoedsack ... Self
Marguerite Harrison Marguerite Harrison ... Self - a Journalist
Haidar Khan Haidar Khan ... Self - Chief of the Bakhtyari Tribe
Lufta Lufta ... Self - 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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Quotes

Title Card: "YO ALI!" - - their ancient battle cry.
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Alternate Versions

Milestone Film & Video released a version in 1991 with a new score produced by Richard Einhorn, and running 71 minutes. See more »

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Featured in Cinema Iran (2005) See more »

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Amazing silent documentary
16 March 2001 | by Eegah GuySee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1926 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Grass See more »

Filming Locations:

Karun River, Iran See more »

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Budget:

$12,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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