War against culture and battle to save it topic of UNBC Anthropology in our Backyards Series film

Internationally-acclaimed film director Tim Slade is bringing his documentary, The Destruction of Memory to the University of Northern British Columbia for two screenings this week, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

Based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevan, the film, created in 2016, explores how cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results around the world. The war against culture is not over; it’s been steadily increasing.

“The issue of cultural destruction is urgent and important for audiences in all corners of the globe,” said Slade. “The film is sobering, but also passionate about greater protection for ‘the story of who we are.’ It celebrates the brave individuals who have fought and continue to fight to protect our shared heritage.”

The documentary includes interviews from the former Director-General of UNESCO, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as diverse and distinguished international experts.

It looks not only at the ongoing actions of Daesh (ISIS) and at other contemporary situations, but reveals the decisions of the past that allowed the issue to remain hidden in the shadows for so many years.

The first event and screening of the critically-acclaimed film at UNBC takes place this Thursday at 7 p.m. in Room 7-212 and involves a question and answer period afterwards with Slade, an Australian-born film maker who now calls New York City home. The film is free to watch and is open to the public. Friday’s screening takes place at noon in Room 5-175.

The event, The Destruction of Memory, the War Against Culture and the Battle to Save It, is part of the Anthropology in our Backyards, a public speaker series organized by UNBC’s Department of Anthropology.