Made 50 years after the movie “Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life” (read my review of Grass here), this movie is very different from its predecessor and is neither silent nor black-and-white. It does still follow the nomadic Bakhtiari people of western Iran on their great migration, but this movie is made in such a different way (and 50 years later). I think its a wonderful followup to “Grass.”
I’m not sure what made me think of this movie tonight, several years after watching it (and thinking about ordering it again because it was soooo good!)…but I just had to share it here tonight while I was thinking about it!
Awhile back I went on search for documentaries on nomads when my daughter and I started the “Story of the World” series, (volume 1, ancient world, which talks about nomads in the beginning of the book)…I found this absolutely fascinating silent black and white documentary from 1925. Available for rental from both Blockbuster Online & Netflix (Netflix even offers it streaming online for free with your membership!).
I HIGHLY recommend this video! It’s a fascinating look at the Bakhtiari tribe of Persia (now Iran) in their 48 day trek with 50,000 people and 500,000 animals from one pasture to another (I forget if they went from summer to winter or winter to summer). Over rough terrain including snow-capped mountains and a half-mile wide river (Many of these people were barefoot!) this movie is incredibly moving and awe-inspiring. Even my young daughter (who was maybe 6 at the time) found it fascinating. A bit slow at times, but overall just fascinating!
If you are looking for a factual representation of what it means to be a nomad, check this one out!
There is also another movie made 50 years later that I also HIGHLY recommend, follow the same tribe of people: People of the Wind.