Join Woodbury School of Architecture for a screening of The Destruction of Memory, a film by Tim Slade that explores the ongoing war on culture and the heroism of individuals fighting to save it.
Film Screening: The Destruction of Memory
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2017 at 6:30pm
7500 N Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, CA 91504
Featuring interviews with the Director-General of UNESCO, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and a wide range of international experts and activists, the film highlights the destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. It argues that this destruction is not simply an outgrowth of conflict but rather a targeted, systematic effort to erase the cultures and identities of entire peoples – a war on culture that has, in fact, been waged for decades.
“In Syria and Iraq, the ‘cradle of civilization’, millennia of culture are being destroyed. The push to protect, salvage and rebuild has moved in step with the destruction.
Legislation and policy have played a role, but heroic individuals have fought back, risking and losing their lives to protect not just other human beings, but our cultural identity – to save the record of who we are. Based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevan, The Destruction of Memory tells the whole story – looking not just at the ongoing actions of Daesh (ISIS) and at other contemporary situations, but revealing the decisions of the past that allowed the issue to remain hidden in the shadows for so many years. Interviewees in the film include the Director-General of UNESCO, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as diverse and distinguished international experts, whose voices combine to address this urgent issue.”