World Premiere of the film “Taq Kasra: Wonder of Architecture” will take place at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London on 1 February 2018. The film is the first-ever documentary film on the world’s largest brickwork vault. The documentary is produced by the Persian Dutch Network, in association with Toos Foundation, and partially funded by the Soudavar Memorial Foundation.
Taq Kasra was the symbol of the Persian Empire in the Sasanian era (224-651 AD), when a major part of Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) was part of Persia. Taq Kasra was in serious danger of ISIS attacks in 2015-2016 and this was the main motivation for documentary maker Pejman Akbarzadeh, based in Holland, to travel to Iraq twice and film the arch before it was potentially destroyed.
Taq Kasra in late antiquity was a royal Persian residence but since a few centuries ago, in view of geopolitical changes in the Near East, it is located in Iraqi territory, close to Baghdad. It was neglected shortly after the Arab invasion of Persia (Iran) in the 7th century AD but remained a source of inspiration for archaeologists, poets and other travellers. The film explores the history and architecture of this iconic monument with respected archaeologists and scholars from around the world and portrays the huge impact of war and ideological policies on the identity of this ancient arch. A good opportunity for the architects to know about Persian architecture.