‘The war against culture, and the battle to save it.’
The Documentary Film 'THE DESTRUCTION OF MEMORY'
Vast Productions is producing a documentary film THE DESTRUCTION OF MEMORY, based on English writer and journalist Robert Bevan’s critically acclaimed book of the same name.
Over the past century, cultural destruction – the purposeful destruction of buildings, books and art in order to erase collective memory and identity - has wrought catastrophic results on every continent. But the war is by no means over. If anything, this kind of cultural warfare has been steadily increasing.
The film examines cultural destruction and efforts to stem it. It looks back over the past century at how legislation, policy and awareness have followed the path of destruction, and focuses its lens in particular on Bosnia, and recent and ongoing narratives in Mali, Egypt, Syria and Iraq.
Key interviews have been filmed, with location filming to commence early 2015. European and Canadian broadcasters are attached, with an Indiegogo campaign running through December 2014.
Director and Producer Tim Slade says: "If you can support us, by visiting and donating at our campaign page we would be hugely appreciative."
“We hope the film will compel and engage people, but the issue is crucial. This is not a ‘conceptual’ issue. People’s identity is vital to their wellbeing. Protecting culture needs to complement humanitarian efforts. As interviewee Amr Al-Azm said to us; ‘Saving Syria’s past is about saving Syria’s future.’”
Cinematographer Derek Wiesehahn also shot the documentaries MUSIC BY PRUDENCE (Oscar®, Documentary Short Subject, 2010), HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (Oscar® nomination, Documentary Feature, 2013) and GOD LOVES UGANDA (Sundance 2013).
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Vast Productions’ films, including the critically acclaimed feature documentary ‘4’ (http://4themovie.com ), have been released theatrically, broadcast extensively in the North and South America, Asia, Europe and Australia & New Zealand, and screened at over 70 film festivals.
They have been nominated for International Documentary Association Awards, Australian Film Institute Awards, Banff World Television Festival Awards, and won a Gold Hugo in Chicago.
Contact: Tim Slade, Vast Productions, email@example.com