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The Travellers Film Club
We are delighted to announce that a new
series of the Travellers
 Film Club
hosted by Waterstones, Piccadilly
(203-206, Piccadilly, London) 
starts this week on
Wednesday 27th January, 7pm.

Antony Wynn, author of Persia in the Great Game:
Sir Percy Sykes: Explorer, Consul, Soldier, Spy

will introduce and discuss
GRASS: A Nations Battle for Life

This 1925 silent documentary follows Haidar Khan and his Bakhtiari tribe on their Spring migration across the flooded Karun River and the snowbound Zagros Mountains of southern Persia to their summer pastures.  Filmed on location between Turkey and Iran, Grass is the first ethnographical account of the nomadic Bakhtiari people and was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally and historically significant.  

Directed and photographed by Merian C. Cooper, 
Ernest B. Schoedsack (who would later go on to produce
King Kong) and Marguerite Harrison, Grass is deliberately styled as a story of mans triumph over nature, as much a mythic narrative of migration and
settlement as a simple travelogue.  Venturing through
deserts, mountains, rivers and snowy wastelands in
search of the life-sustaining grasslands, the Bakhtiari
s 50,000 strong caravan - complete with 500,000 cattle and goats - become the sole focus of the cameras gaze.

Antony Wynn, who is Chairman of the Iran Society, lived in Iran for many years and has visited each end of this migration -  he has yet to ride the middle part.  

This event is free but please reserve your place by email 

Further dates for your diary:
Wednesday 10th February
Wednesday 9th March
Wednesday 13th April
Films to be announced 


A source-book for historians ... outstanding intelligence, good-will and integrity. Raymond Mortimer


A miniature classic of social history.’ Tim Martin, The Daily Telegraph

Read the full review here 

NEW TITLES for 2016 to be announced in our forthcoming newsletter

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Growing  and one copy of Rowland Parkers Common Stream to give away. To enter our draw click here

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