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7PM* FRI 1st March The Astor, StKilda
A not-to-be-missed cinema experience mixing live music with one of the greatest silent films of all time. After a stand-out premier at the 2023 Castlemaine Documentary Festival, Grass and ZÖJ will play for one night only at Melbourne's iconic Astor Theatre.
In 1924, filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack (King Kong) hooked up with journalist and sometime spy Marguerite Harrison and set off to film an adventure.
They found excitement, danger and unparalleled drama in the migration of the Bakhtiari nomads of Persia (now Iran). Twice a year, more than fifty thousand people and half a million animals surmounted seemingly impossible obstacles to take their herds to pasture. The filmmakers captured unforgettable images of courage and determination as the Bakhtiari braved the raging and icy waters of the 800 metres wide Karun River.
Cooper and Schoedsack almost froze when they filmed the breathtaking, almost unbelievable, sight of an endless river of men, women and children – their feet bare or wrapped in rags — winding up the side of the sheer, snow-covered rock face of the 4,500-metre-high Zardeh Kuh mountain.
Few people have actually ever seen this legendary silent masterpiece that is sure to astonish today’s audiences with its beautiful photography and heart-stopping adventure.