Event date: Wednesday 20 June 2018 at 6.30pm, St. James Piccadilly
As part of their summer programme the Oriental Rug and Textile Society (ORTS) will be hosting a film night focussing on the Bakhtiari.
Antony Wynn, who spent many years living in rural Iran, will be showing two films about the migration of the Bakhtiari tribes. The first one “Grass” is a classic silent film made in 1925 by three Americans who made their way across Turkey and Iraq to meet the Bakhtiari in their winter quarters and follow them and their flocks over swollen rivers and up over snow-covered mountain passes to reach their summer pastures. It is a very dramatic film and shows clearly how tough life was for the nomads in those days.
The second film “People of the Wind” was made by the late Shusha Guppy in 1976, following the same route with descendants of the same people, and it shows what had changed and what had stayed the same over those fifty years. This could be a long evening, so there will be an interval between the two films.
The doors open from 6pm with drinks and snacks being served. Non-members are welcome at a charge of £7 (£5 for students).
For details of the location visit the ORTS website