People of the Wind - 1976

Directed by Anthony Howarth

This documentary revisits territory explored in 1925's Grass by following along with the great migration of the Bakhtiari, in this case the Babadi tribe, over the Zagros mountain range and through icy cold rivers to greener pastures. It is worth seeing this newer version for the addition of color and sync sound that the earlier documentary predated. The representation of Iranians is once again favorable due to the film's documentary nature. It is interesting to see how tribal life has changed since the fifty plus years between the two films. Sporadic violence and infighting, the threat of forced settlement, and the adaptation of modern conveniences are all issues the tribes have been dealing with.

Color, 1 hour 50 minutes, English

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The Zagros Mountains, 'between the oil fields of the Persian Gulf and the ancient city of Isfahan' are but one of the obstacles that the Babadi must navigate.

The Zagros Mountains, "between the oil fields of the Persian Gulf and the ancient city of Isfahan" are but one of the obstacles that the Babadi must navigate.

Jafar Gholi, Kalantar (sheriff or chief), of the Babadi has been doing this migration since childhood and believes he has at least ten more left in him.

Jafar Gholi, Kalantar (sheriff or chief), of the Babadi has been doing this migration since childhood and believes he has at least ten more left in him.

Jafar's wife Nessa dutifully makes the day's bread. She no longer joins the migration, opting rather to take a cab to the summer pastures.

Jafar's wife Nessa dutifully makes the day's bread. She no longer joins the migration, opting rather to take a cab to the summer pastures.

Even the children hold some responsibility for the herding of the animals.

Even the children hold some responsibility for the herding of the animals.

Crossing the first of several rivers.

Crossing the first of several rivers.

Young Jalali carries as much as he can on the twenty plus trips he and the other men must take back and forth across the river to keep the animals in line.

Young Jalali carries as much as he can on the twenty plus trips he and the other men must take back and forth across the river to keep the animals in line.

Down the slopes of the Zardeh Kuh.

Down the slopes of the Zardeh Kuh.

Jafar upon completion of yet another migration.

Jafar upon completion of yet another migration.

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