London: The Destruction of Memory screening

destruction_of_memory.jpgA soldier patrols in front of Djinguereber Mosque, Timbuktu. Image by Francois Rihouay from ‘The Destruction of Memory’ © Vast Productions USA 2016

Released this spring, this new documentary, directed by Australian Tim Slade and supported by World Monuments Fund, tells the story of the war against culture, and the battle to save it. Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe.

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.

In the absence of a ticket price, we would be most grateful if you would consider making a voluntary donation to support this special screening and to help the conservation of cultural heritage in Iraq. Since the conflict WMF continues to work with Iraq’s State Board of Antiquities and Heritage and other partners to record, restore and interpret the ancient city of Babylon’s extraordinary heritage and to build local capacity for the future. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

When: Sunday, June 26 2016
Time: 2PM to 4PM

Where: BP Lecture Theatre - The British Museum Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
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Early praise for the film:

'Fantastic, sobering...goes hand in hand with Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing'...'A bold and beautiful film'...'An absolutely incredible achievement'

Trailer at


Group(s): Advance


Sun, June 26, 2016
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
(GMT+0000) GMT


The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
United Kingdom