By Jason Sayer
In light of the destruction to architectural heritage sites in Palmyra, The Destruction of Memory documentary film couldn’t be more topical: it examines “the war against culture, and the battle to save it.”
Based on architecture critic Robert Bevan’s acclaimed book by the same title, the issues in Palmyra are echoed in the films trailer: “In this war, buildings aren’t destroyed because they are in the way of the target, they are the target,” the narrator, Oscar-nominated British actress Sophie Okonedo implores.
In what may come as a surprise to some, people—and not buildings—are still the film’s primary focus. The Destruction of Memory places emphasis on “those who willingly risk their lives to protect not just other human beings, but our cultural identity—to safeguard the record of who we are, and to provide evidence of crimes against humanity.” These individuals provide hope in the otherwise bleak landscape of cultural and architectural preservation.
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