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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.

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

Cast overview:
Merian C. Cooper ... Himself (as Merian Cooper)
Ernest B. Schoedsack ... Himself
Marguerite Harrison Marguerite Harrison ... Herself - a Journalist
Haidar Khan Haidar Khan ... Himself - Chief of the Bakhtyari Tribe
Lufta 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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Country:

USA

Release Date:

20 March 1925 (USA) 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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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Haidar Khan, Chief of the Bakhtyari Tribe: Gather the flocks and herds - - the grass is almost gone. Our way is to the East - - to the far valley of Iran, where the meadows are rich with plenty.
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A cinematic venture!
5 August 2008 | by Mohsen-QassemiSee all my reviews

This was soul-provoking! I am an Iranian, and living in th 21st century, I didn't know that such big tribes have been living in such conditions at the time of my grandfather!

You see that today, or even in 1925, on one side of the world a lady or a baby could have everything served for him or her clean and on-demand, but here 80 years ago, people ventured their life to go to somewhere with more grass. It's really interesting that these Persians bear those difficulties to find pasture for their sheep, but they lose many the sheep on their way.

I praise the Americans who accompanied this tribe, they were as tough as Bakhtiari people.


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