The Destruction of Memory

The Destruction of Memory

Director: Tim Slade

Screening time: 14.04.2017. 18:00

Screening location: Kino Tuškanac

Runtime: 84 min


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, it’s been steadily increasing. Based on the acclaimed book by Robert Bevan, The Destruction of Memory looks at how and why this has happened, and how the push to protect, salvage and rebuild has moved in step with the destruction.

People willingly risk their lives to protect not just other human beings, but their cultural identity – to safeguard the record of who they are. Heroic acts are needed more than ever. In Syria and Iraq, the ‘cradle of civilization’, millennia of culture have been destroyed.

The tide is turning. These stories are being reported. Perpetrators are being brought to justice. Awareness is growing. The film proposes hope. Increasingly, the power of modern technology is being harnessed to document, protect, and to play a role in the rebuilding process. Interviewees for The Destruction of Memory include the Director-General of UNESCO, as well as diverse and distinguished international experts.

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