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½ December 3, 2011
Some incredible early footage is ruined by the most condescending, annoying, stupid, immature inter-titles known to man.

February 17, 2011
Grass, a documentary made by filmmakers Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Shoedsack (the makers of King Kong), is an astonishing portrait at the hardships that the Bakhtiari tribe of Persia (now Iran) has to endure in order to survive. Having heard about the earlier example of an ethnographic documentary, Nanook Of the North, the filmmakers decided to make a similar film about these primitive Middle Eastern people. They journey alongside these nomadic people from Angora (modern-day Ankara, Turkey) to the lands of these "Forgotten People" in western Iran. They then follow a man named Haidar Khan as he leads over 50,000 people of his people and well over 500,000 animals through the Karun River and over Zard Kuh, the highest peak in the Zagros Mountains. The making of the film is notable for the fact that Cooper, Shoedsack, and Marguerite Harrison were the first Westerners to ever make the migration with the Bakhtiari.

The way the people depicted in the film has developed their ingenious methods at conquering the environmental hardships make the film so captivating. Most notably is how they have developed a way to use goatskin floats to ford the river and the barefoot climbing of the ever so high peak of Zard Kuh. It is an amazing thing to view and only makes the viewer seem so weak by watching these brave people journey toward their destination where grass is able to grow to keep them from becoming extinct. This is a must-see movie that I highly recommend watching. It's an incredible journey. 10/10
½ August 29, 2009
Historically significant film about the massive moving of about 50000 people and their grazing animals. There's a clear colonial point-of-view for too many of the shots, but the spectacular vistas and the enormity of these people's undertaking is impressive.
½ August 15, 2009
A pretty damn good film, sad, funny, and great.
January 9, 2009
Amazing journey! Neat video
½ October 3, 2008
Following Nanook of the North's success, Cooper and Schoedsack went to Asia to film a nomad tribe looking for grass for the cattle. Here documentary reveals its fake side, showing the events in a dramatic and emphatic way. Quite important for film history and worth viewing as a document of the age. Cooper and Schoesack went on and later directed masterpiece "King Kong".
Super Reviewer
½ June 9, 2008
A good doc. from the silent days. It's about 2 filmakers and a female journalist going on a 4 month excursion with a tribe of 50k people through Persia looking for grasslands.Really amazing footage of deserts, mountains, and rivers. The river crossing scene is breathtaking and timeless.
½ March 31, 2008
I enjoyed the adventurous filmmaking but this material wears very thin even with its short running length.
½ March 24, 2008
This movie had potential, but fell through the cracks. To bad.
January 4, 2008
pretty amazing. it's an early, silent documentary about a tribe of migrating animal hearders.
November 20, 2007
Amazing. Like Nanook of the North, this may not be good anthropology, but it's a great movie.
October 30, 2007
smoking time is fun time
October 7, 2007
King kong'un yapımcılarının Türkiye'de 1925'te yaptıkları olaganustu belgesel. Bahtiyari a?iretinin taze ot için hayvanlarını Türkiyeden Irana götürmelerini anlatan harika bir film
September 19, 2007
It's just another Spring for the tribe. Time to tie the chickens to the horses, get the sheep together and set out for the mountains. From the makers of King Kong.
July 19, 2007
June 19, 2007
its all about the weed
October 28, 2006
Nevermind.. I thought it was about something else entirely.
½ August 25, 2004
Still hangin' in Southern Illinois. One of my brother's buddies who lives out in the country has the Dish Network. He goes through his program guide each week and highlights the things he wants to see with a yellow marker. One of the things the caught his interest was this silent documentary that was broadcast commercial free on Turner Classic Movies (Silent Sundays).

What a fascinating picture. I don't know too much about the early days of cinema and documentary filmmaking, but I'd guess this is one of the earliest ones. It's especially noteworthy I thought for the sheer scale that it captures -- 50,000 nomadic tribespeople moving their livestock herds from Turkey to Iran, across a raging river (they literally got in and swam with the critters, floated others on small goatskin rafts) and climbing barefoot up a 12,000-foot, snow-capped mountain.
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