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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

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1.33 : 1
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Title Card: Haidar with Lufta - - off to command the Quest for Grass!
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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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Fascinating story of a major trek by more than 50,000 people.
31 January 2000 | by vvgoffSee all my reviews

This 1925 silent, inspired by "Nanook of the North," is the story of an incredible people, the Bakhtiari, who annually move over 50,000 people and a half million animals between their summer and winter grazing pastures in Iran. They ford raging icy rivers and climb/descend a 15,000 foot mountain. Incredible footage; the filmmakers nearly froze to death.

A remake of the story is "People of the Wind" (1976), which is beautifully done. "Grass" is the story of the trek from the winter to the summer pastures; "People" is the reverse trip. Both are available (at last!) on video from Milestone Films.


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